Friday, June 23, 2006

Former Blazers bid for WHL team

Tom Gaglardi began making his pitch to purchase the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday.

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.
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.

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?



At 8:51 a.m., June 23, 2006, Anonymous Ken said...

I think Gretzky owns or once owed the Sarnia Sting

At 9:02 a.m., June 23, 2006, Anonymous Ken said...

oh and Chris Pronger is a part owner in the Mississauga Ice Dogs

At 9:34 a.m., June 23, 2006, Anonymous doug said...

i think gordie howe and pat quinn have small stakes in the vancouver giants.

At 11:28 a.m., June 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

James, what ever became of the financial scandal surrounding the Blazers? I know the woman who was their former accountant was caught red-handed dipping into the cookie jar, and admitted she was doing it to prop up her husband's failing business. Colin Day, however, also "resigned" abruptly under mysterious circumstances, and there appeared to be some irregularities there as well. Was Day ever charged, or has that all been swept under the rug?

At 3:06 p.m., June 23, 2006, Anonymous pete said...

didn't vanbessbrouck own, like, the petes, or the wolves or something?

At 11:42 a.m., June 29, 2006, Anonymous Rob said...

Bobby Smith owns the Halifax Mooseheads.


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