Ottawa joins new Federal Hockey League

BRUCE GARRIOCH, OTTAWA SUN

, Last Updated: 6:59 AM ET

Ottawa is getting another pro hockey team.

The Federal Hockey League will be launched today with Ottawa one of four initial cities, with Rome/Syracuse, Danbury, CT. and the Thousands Islands.

While the Ottawa team won't unveil its name and logo until late January, the franchise will be owned by local businessman Basem Awwad, who played hockey in the Cumberland Minor Hockey Association.

The FHL is also hoping to add teams in Philadelphia and Jamestown, N.Y.

"This combination of passionate, committed owners in hometown markets that care deeply about the sport has inspired me to take on the role of commissioner," said commissioner Don Kirnan, a Syracuse businessman, in a statement. "We've been in this sport for decades, we've learned how to do things right and we believe that our recovering economy will welcome this new business venture."

The schedule will be 60 games, plus playoffs. It's not known where the Ottawa team will play. The salary cap for the 17-man roster will be set at $5,050 per week.

BRUCE.GARRIOCH@SUNMEDIA.CA


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