Fort Worth Brahmas won't be playing in 2013-14, CHL says

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The Central Hockey League announced Monday on its website that the Fort Worth Brahmas will not play in the upcoming season, saying that the league " is working to find a more suitable venue for the club to return to play in 2014-15."

A second team, the Bloomington (Ill.) Blaze, also will not participate in the 2013-14 season. the league announced.

The Brahmas have played home games at NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills since 2007, but in 2012-13 played seven games at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

All Bloomington and Fort Worth players have been declared unrestricted free agents within the CHL. According to the CHL release, the Brahmas joined the Western Professional Hockey League in 1997 and during their tenure won the CHL title in 2009. The club previously took a one-year hiatus (2006-07) while switching venues.

For the past two seasons, the Brahmas reached the semifinal round of the CHL postseason.

The CHL said two new clubs, the Brampton (Ontario) Beast and St. Charles Chill will join the league this season.

The Beast will be the CHL's first Canadian franchise. The Beast announced several weeks ago that former CHL player and assistant coach Mark DeSantis will be behind the bench leading the team's inaugural season.

The Chill becomes the second CHL team in the state of Missouri, along with the Missouri Mavericks (Independence, Missouri), according to the league.

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