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WHL to vote on sale of Regina Pats, Prince George Cougars to new owners

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 5:24 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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WHL to vote on sale of Regina Pats, Prince George Cougars to new owners

CALGARY - The Western Hockey League will vote next week on the sale of two franchises.

The Prince George Cougars and Regina Pats have both entered agreements to transfer ownership, the WHL said Wednesday in a statement.

Rick Brodsky, the Cougars' owner since 1994, intends to sell the team to a group of Prince George businessmen and former WHL players headed by Greg Pocock.

The Prince George Citizen has reported NHL defencemen and Cougar alumni Dan Hamhuis and Eric Brewer are part of the new ownership group which bought the team for almost $7 million.

Russ and Diane Parker, who purchased the Pats in 1995, have agreed to sell the team to Regina businessmen including Anthony Marquart.

The sales require two-thirds of the WHL's board of governors to be in favour of the transactions. They'll vote April 30 in Calgary prior to the league's awards luncheon. If approved, the ownership transfers will be completed in May, according to the WHL.

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