Worcester Railers tracking rare sellout to open inaugural season

The NHL’s San Jose Sharks didn’t move their AHL affiliate out of Worcester because of attendance issues — but there weren’t many Worcester fans showing up to prove they wanted the team to stay, either. This week, professional hockey returns to Central Massachusetts, and the Railers hope that in one game — on the strength of their hard-earned early connections to the city — they can achieve what the Sharks never did: fill up the 12,316-seat DCU Center.

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“The Railers are one of 27 teams in the ECHL, a league born only in 1988, but which already has 57 former or defunct franchises on its résumé. Will the Railers fare any better than the Greenville Grrrowl or the Huntsville Blast? One hopes so. But does it matter? Why measure the success of sports franchises in terms of money and longevity? Like many other institutions, large and small, they have played a role in our civic life.”