Former Blazers bid for WHL team
Tom Gaglardi began making his pitch to purchase the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday.The Blazers' ownership situation currently involves a group of nearly 200 shareholders, and a move to centralize the team into the hands of former players seems like a good move.
The Daily News has learned that an offer to purchase was delivered to the Kamloops Blazers Sports Society’s board of directors Wednesday at 3:30 p.m....
The offer is from a group headed by Gaglardi and including former Blazers players Shane Doan, Mark Recchi and Darryl Sydor.
While Kamloops has been community owned since the team's inception, many other small WHL communities have turned to a similar ownership situation in order to fund the increasing costs associated with CHL clubs (the above article lists the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Moose Jaw Warriors, Prince Albert Raiders and Swift Current Broncos as teams in similar situations).
Many of the players from the Blazers' glory days still have very strong ties in the city, as quite a few met their wives there and ended up buying summer homes in Kamloops.
It's also becoming a trend for former and current NHLers to buy junior clubs, as Patrick Roy (Quebec), Dale and Mark Hunter (London), Stu Barnes and Olaf Kolzig (Tri-cities) and Bob Boughner (Windsor) have all become owners in recent years.
Know of any others?