BRANTFORD — The Brantford Blast has been sold. At least in principle according to present team owner Peter Ham. Ham accepted a letter of intent from an ownership group that already owns the Stoney Creek Generals. Ham is very pleased with the new development after announcing the Blast would not compete in the Allan Cup Hockey League this coming season and dispersed the Blast players to find a new team to play for this year.
The team will remain in Brantford and assume the team’s name and logo for the 2019-2020 hockey season.
““It’s absolutely the best-case scenario,” said Ham. “These people are very, very good at winning.
“I’m very confident we’re going to have a powerhouse hockey team in Brantford next season.”
The Blast will play out of the Brantford Civic Centre next season when they resume operations under the new ownership led by Stoney Creek Generals general manager Tony Falasca, whom Ham has great respect for as a hockey man and a businessman.
“Falasca has proven to be the most prolific general manager, recruiter of hockey talent and architect of senior championship teams in Ontario in recent years,” Ham told the media.
Although the sale depends on financing arrangements, and must be approval from the Ontario Hockey Association, ACH and the City of Brantford, Ham anticipates no problem with the sale being completed without a hitch.
“The whole reason for this purchase is to have a team in Brantford,” Ham told the Expositor. “They want to have a team in Brantford. They have no intention, that they’ve expressed to me, of ever moving it.
“The team is going to be called the Brantford Blast. They’re not going to change their name.
“They’re going to ride the tide of goodwill we’ve enjoyed.”
The Brantford Blast began in 2002, and won the 100th Allan Cup at the Brantford and District Civic Centre in 2008.