And now it's happening again,as reported by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Johnstown Chiefs, named after the team in Slap Shot, began play in 1988, but will be moving to Greenville, South Carolina, after the final game of the season on Saturday. They were a victim of declining economic conditions, poor play, and insufficient attendance. The top ticket price of $14.50 was "out of reach for many." Season ticket holders are devastated but understanding. One said: "Times are tough in Johnstown just like they are in a lot of places. This is just one more thing we've lost." Another confessed: "I'll probably just sit at home and cry."
A movie remake of Slap Shot is in development, though as my colleague Elisabeth Rappe ranted: "There's no good reason to remake it -- I don't give a crap about 'introducing' it to younger generations." Sadly, it looks like a real life remake has already been made in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.