The ECHL and Trenton Titans announced on Tuesday that the minor-league hockey team has ceased operations and will not compete in the 2013-2014 season.

Trenton has had a hockey team as part of the league since the 1999-2000 season. The NHL's New Jersey Devils purchased the team in 2007 and renamed them the Trenton Devils. But a new ownership company, Blue Line Group, purchased the team in 2011 and changed the name back to the Titans.

The team was the ECHL affiliate for the Philadelphia Flyers this season.

The Titans had the third-worst average attendance in the 23-team league this season, averaging 2,578 fans in 36 home dates, according to the ECHL website.

This is a statement posted on the team's website: 

"The last 14 seasons have seen numerous great players and moments, including several playoff appearances and a Kelly Cup title in 2005. Trenton also has had the privilege of working with many great NHL franchises, such as the New Jersey Devils and the current affiliate in the Philadelphia Flyers. These relationships were vital in the growth of Trenton hockey.

"Most importantly the team would like to thank the fans for their support over the last 14 seasons. The Trenton organization fully intends to reimburse our loyal season ticket holders for their 2013-2014 season tickets. In the next couple of weeks there will be more information on how that process will proceed.

"Again we would like to thank the fans, the community and our partners for their support. You are the reason the Trenton organization and Titans Nation were a strong and vital part of the ECHL and the New Jersey community in particular."