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OHL approves sale of Whalers to group that will move the team to Flint @NHLdotcom

TORONTO - The Ontario Hockey League's board of governors has approved the sale of the Plymouth Whalers and the relocation of the team to Flint, Mich.

The Whalers franchise, which began as the Detroit Ambassadors in 1990 under the ownership of Peter Karmanos Jr., have been in Plymouth since 1996.

The club will play out of Flint's Perani Arena starting next season under the ownership of Rolf Nilsen of IMS Hockey Corporation.

"On behalf of the Ontario Hockey League and our Board of Governors I would like to acknowledge the contributions made by Peter Karmanos Jr who has been a tremendous builder of our league for over 30 years and was instrumental in our first expansion to the United States," OHL Commissioner David Branch said in a statement. "We are excited to welcome Rolf Nilsen and the communities of Flint, and Genesee County, Michigan, to the OHL family."

The league said it is also currently reviewing a proposed sale of the Sarnia Sting to former NHL defenceman Derian Hatcher and Ottawa Senators forward David Legwand.

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