Date: September 2003

The ice age is spreading across the United States, with affordable minor league hockey becoming a popular sport in areas where many of the patrons may never have seen a frozen pond.

"You could throw a dart at Texas now and hit a team location," said Jason Chaimovitch, director of public relations, American Hockey League (AHL).

Chaimovitch said the AHL is the AAA of minor league hockey, with the ECHL the AA.

There are 28 teams currently in the AHL. The...

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