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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Wednesday News

Easily the biggest news of the week was Tuesday's announcement that the Tampa Bay Lightning have been sold to a group headed by Doug MacLean, and which also includes Helena Bighorns co-owner Oren Koules. MacLean was President and General Manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets from 1998 to 2007, and also integral to the formation of the USHL Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets last season. Koules purchased the Bighorns in 2001 along with Mike Butters. All I can really add is a confirmation that this deal came together very quickly. There were some hints at something big coming down the pike, but not for another 2-3 weeks.(ADDITIONAL STORIES: Press Conference Transcript, Tampa Tribune article, St. Pete Times blog; curiously, there was nothing from the Detroit News or Free Press as I compiled this Tuesday evening)

In other news...

Bryant Perrier named assistant coach of Alberni Valley Bulldogs...

QMJHL reaches agreement with their on-ice officials...

Sande Hockey and the NOJHL agree on equipment deal through 2009...

Prince George Spruce King Ryan Hill charged for crosscheck to face...

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