It would appear as though the hockey franchise helmed by Automated Waste owner James Galante is going on hiatus. From the Danbury News Times‘ Brian Koonz :
Less than a month after playing for the Colonial Cup championship, the Danbury Trashers have suspended operations for the 2006-07 season, the United Hockey League announced Monday night.
The move comes after Trashers owners James Galante (above) was arrested by federal authorities last Friday on a 72-count indictment. Authorities have accused Galante of racketeering, extortion, witness tampering and circumventing the UHL’s salary cap, among other charges.
“I was shocked to find out about an hour ago,” Trashers forward Drew Omicioli said Monday night, shortly after 11 from his home in Rhode Island. “It’s something that we knew could happen. Hopefully, it’s one of those things where it could be settled for the following year. Like I said, I’m just pretty shocked, right now.”
Trashers president A.J. Galante, the son of James Galante, was unavailable for comment Monday night, but the team’s Web site did have a brief message for fans and advertisers:
“Season ticket holders/advertisers “ Please check the Web site soon for more information regarding season ticket deposit refunds, etc. “ More information to follow very soon.” The Trashers, however, weren’t the only franchise to shut down for the 2006-07 season. The Adirondack Frostbite also suspended operations Monday, according to UHL officials.
As you might expect, Sidearm Delivery has been on this case for a good while.