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  • CHL to add Canadian expansion team in 2013-14

  • The Central Hockey League announced it will add another expansion franchise for the 2013-14 season.

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  • The Central Hockey League announced it will add another expansion franchise for the 2013-14 season.
    The league said it signed a letter of intent with a group that is expected to start a team in Brampton, Ontario. It will be the CHL’s first and only franchise in Canada.
    The southern Ontario team will be the 12th team joining the Missouri Mavericks in the CHL. The St. Charles Chill from suburban St. Louis announced last fall that they would join the league for the 2013-14 season.
    “It is very exciting to make this announcement,” Central Hockey League Commissioner Duane Lewis said in a statement. “I grew up in this area and know firsthand what a positive addition this market will be to our current roster of teams.  Our hope is to expand further in the future in the southern Ontario area.”
    The Brampton team will be owned by Gregg Rosen, a Kingston, Ontario, entrepreneur, owner of Kimco Steel and former owner of the Kingston Voyageurs of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
    “I am very excited and honored to be working with the Central Hockey League, to bring professional hockey to the City and the people of Brampton; as the first Canadian team in league history,” Rosen said in a statement. “We believe that Brampton is a great hockey market.”
    The team name, the full ownership group and other important team details will be announced in the near future.
     
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