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  • Team owners take over CHL

  • The Central Hockey League’s owners have taken ownership of the league in a deal announced Thursday.

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  • The Central Hockey League’s owners have taken ownership of the league in a deal announced Thursday.
    The CHL is now under control of Central Partners, LLC, a collection of the franchise owners in the league, including Missouri Mavericks owners Matt and Mark Adams and Michael Carper. A group, Western Professional Hockey League, Inc., headed by Jim Treliving, George Melville and Rick Kozuback, was the previous owner of the league.
    “This process has been under way for some time now and with the collection of great minds and accomplished professionals that compose the ownership groups of the league’s teams, we are confident that the sky is the limit for the heights the CHL will rise to,” Carper said in a press release from the CHL. “Great things are set to come for the CHL’s member clubs and for the fans of the teams and league.”
    Matt Adams, one of the Mavericks’ owners from Lubbock, Texas, said he is happy about the new league ownership structure. Adams said by email that he is “excited about the direction of the league and looking forward to growing the league and adding stability to it. There are many exciting things on the horizon for the CHL.”
    Wichita Thunder co-owner Rodney Steven II has been named the interim chairman of the Central Partners, LLC ownership group.
    “The owners of the CHL’s clubs are proud to stand arm-in-arm as we move the league forward,” Steven said in the release. “The passion and vision of this group will help our league grow and will help the CHL earn the status of one of the top sports leagues in North America.”
    The CHL’s 22nd season is set to begin in October with 10 teams, including the Mavericks and expansion franchises in St. Charles, Mo. (Chill), and Brampton, Ontario (Beast), the league’s first Canadian franchise.
    Earlier this week, the league announced that the Bloomington Blaze and Fort Worth Brahmas would not play in the 2013-14 season, though it held open the possibility the Brahmas could return as the league seeks a new venue for the franchise to play in.
    “As the Central Hockey League moves forward into a new era, we are excited to have the group of team owners take ownership of the League,” CHL Commissioner Duane Lewis said in the press release. “This positive step is meant to put the CHL on its best foot forward as the owners’ common goal is one of competition on the ice, but full team support off the ice. For the fans of the CHL, the transition is a seamless one, as they will see renewed rivalries, and new rivalries emerge, and a tremendous sense of pride as the teams take to the ice and their communities for the upcoming season and beyond. Thank you to our longtime supporters, and to the new fans who come out to support their local teams.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The new ownership group also announced that the Quad City Mallards will remain under the ownership of QCM Holdings, Inc., with Jordan Melville and Rick Kozuback as directors.
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