The future of the Edmonton Rush of the National Lacrosse League appears in doubt.
“It doesn’t look very bright. It appears that it’s coming to an end,” Rush owner Bruce Urban told the Edmonton Journal. “It’s sad; it’s heartbreaking. I thought we had better value for the city, but apparently I was wrong.”
The team has had problems drawing fans for several years. Edmonton averaged about 6,500 fans in the regular season, which was seventh in the nine-team league.
The news comes shortly before the Rush plays Calgary on Saturday in the second game of the West Division finals. The winner of that game will face either Toronto or Rochester for the championship.
Urban said he would not make any final announcements until after the team is done with the playoffs. Urban visited Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, last month to look at the arena there. The St. Louis Blues of the NHL almost moved to Saskatoon in the 1980s.