The Kingston Voyageurs of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League could be on the move.
There is a potential sale in place to a group in Collingwood but it still needs approval from the league’s board of governors. They’re scheduled to meet on Feb. 26 in Toronto.
Vee’s owner Dianna Oliver confirms that a sale is in place and that she’s waiting to hear from the OJHL.
The team has been an important part of the Kingston community since 1973 and former Voyageur’s coach Evan Robinson says if the sale goes through, it will be a tough pill to swallow.
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“Dianna owns the team and has every right to sell,” said the veteran bench boss who served 10 seasons as the team’s head coach. “I will be very disappointed if they leave for Collingwood,” added Robinson, now the assistant coach of the Amherstview Junior C Jets.
“I’m concerned because Kingston kids will have to leave the city to play Tier 2 Junior A hockey. Kingston is a great hockey town with a rich history. To lose this program will be devastating. It will definitely be a sad day if the sale goes through.”
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The Voyageurs play their final game of the regular season on Friday in Lindsay against the Huskies.
The Vees missed the OJHL playoffs for the first time in 32 years.