GLENS FALLS - Everyone knew all along that the Adirondack Phantoms would be providing a temporary hockey fix in the Glens Falls area. On Friday night, people in that community were beginning to wonder if the team's exit will create a permanent or temporary void.
After five years at the Glens Falls Civic Center, the Phantoms have gone through four head coaches, they've never been to the playoffs, and their average finish in the standings has been 13th in a 15-team American Hockey League.
Despite the dismal performances on ice, the team has produced somewhat healthy box office revenues, averaging more than 4,000 fans per game, in an arena that seats about 4,800 people.
On Friday night those fans packed the civic center for the Phantoms final game, and many of them were already beginning to miss the team.