April 5, 2011
CHL team moving to Victoria
By SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency
The Western Hockey League is heading back to Victoria.
The league approved the sale of the Chilliwack Bruins Tuesday afternoon.
The buyer is reported to be Victoria-based real estate mogul Graham Lee and RG Properties.
While no one involved in the sale it talking due to confidentiality agreements, Bruins part-owner Brian Burke sent a letter to a radio reporter suggesting the team may leave, but that Chilliwack will still have a WHL team.
“Mr. Burke and his partners have been discussing selling the Bruins to Mr. Lee to support the WHL’s and Mr. Lee’s desire to have an established team in Victoria rather than an expansion team,” the letter stated.
“This will not leave Chilliwack without a WHL team. The WHL is in the process of negotiating the movement of another WHL team to Chilliwack.”
That would suggest the Prince George Cougars or Kootenay Ice are on the move as well.
The Cougars have said it won’t be them.
Cougars GM Dallas Thompson, speaking for his father-in-law, owner Rick Brodsky, told the Prince George Citizen on the weekend “Chilliwack is not an option.”
Victoria has been without a WHL club since the Cougars left for Prince George in 1994.