Some new information from the Town of South Bruce Peninsula about its new hockey team in Wiarton.
As we told you first last week, the town has signed a three year contract with Tina and Joe Ziel (zeel) for use the Wiarton arena.
The owners of the Grey Highlands Bravehearts will move the Greater Metro Hockey League team to Wiarton starting next season.
It was initially announced the team would be known as the Wiarton Redmen, as stated in the lease agreement.
But a news release from the town says the owners have not yet chosen a name, and they will not revive a previous Wiarton team name such as the Redmen or Devils.
It appears the name was changed after a public outcry in the local community.
Mayor Janice Jackson says the news is great for the town.
Jackson adds she looks forward to the community involvement of the team and its players.
News Release from Town of South Bruce Peninsula
Greater Metro Hockey League to Establish a Team in Wiarton
The Town of South Bruce Peninsula has the great pleasure of announcing they have signed a three year contract with Tina and Joe Ziel to bring a Greater Metro Hockey League (GMHL) Junior A hockey team to Wiarton commencing in the 2016 / 2017 season.
This is a great news story for South Bruce Peninsula and the Town of Wiarton. Those who remember enjoying WOAA senior hockey in the Wiarton Arena when the Wiarton Redmen and Wiarton Devils called Wiarton home will once again be able to go to the Wiarton Arena to watch the great Canadian pastime “hockey”!
The GMHL was established in 2006. Their website explains that the league had visions of growth and “ the league had two clearly articulated goals: to increase the international flavor of Junior Hockey in Central Canada as well as locate and establish teams in the cities and towns passionate about hosting this new brand of Junior Hockey.”
GMHL teams have a history of integrating into the municipality which hosts them. Players are visibly present at municipal events, perform community service and billet with families in their local communities. Some players will attend classes at the local high school.
Council and Staff are excited about the opportunity to work with an established ownership group of a GMHL franchise and bring competitive hockey back to Wiarton and our Municipality.
Despite any previous announcements, the owners of the new Wiarton team have not yet chosen a name however they will not revive any previous Wiarton team names. The team owners are presently giving careful consideration to a new name and we look forward to the announcement once a name has been chosen.
Mayor Janice Jackson adds “The Town of South Bruce Peninsula is thrilled to welcome a GMHL Junior A hockey team. Our new Wiarton team will be a wonderful addition to this hockey town of ours and I have no doubt our community is more than eager to rally around its very first Junior A hockey club”