Rumour Knights for sale denied by Hunter

Mark Hunter, general manager of London Knights. (QMI Agency file photo)

Mark Hunter, general manager of London Knights. (QMI Agency file photo)

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:20 AM ET

LONDON - There is no For Sale sign on the London Knights.

The supposed sale of the Knights is one of the hottest rumours circulating at the Memorial Cup.

“No one has talked to me. I haven’t talked to anyone. We are not going to sell the team,” said Knights’ general manager and part-owner Mark Hunter.

This is not an unusual rumour. It surfaces every year after the Knights stop playing hockey.

And every year Hunter says the same thing.

“Why would we want to sell?” he says.

Good question.

“This comes up every year and I don’t know why it does,” Hunter continued.

But that doesn’t seem to matter to those who believe the Hunters would want to deal one of the most successful, profitable, and valuable, franchises in junior hockey.

The Hunters love being their own bosses. They enjoy the process of building and rebuilding their hockey team and strengthening their brand.

While they’ve owned the Knights for almost 15 years, the Hunters still have several goals they want to accomplish and that includes winning another Memorial Cup. While they don’t talk openly about it, they might like the possibility of getting the chance to coach and manage Canada’s world junior team.

The latest rumours on potential purchasers and what would happen if a sale did take place, are varied. They include the team being sold to Global Spectrum, the company that manages several arenas in the area, including Budweiser Gardens.

“I think if we were looking at it, someone would tell me,” said Brian Ohl, regional vice-president of Global Spectrum.

After the supposed sale, the Hunters would then buy the Sarnia Sting to rebuild it.

Hunter was clear when asked about the rumours.

“No,” he said.​

 


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