OJHL Oakville Blades Sold

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OJHL Oakville Blades sold July 5, 2012 8:00 AM

The Oakville Blades, long rumored to be on the block, have been sold.

An ownership group headed by Toronto lawyer Ira Berg made the successful bid.

Duncan Harvey, who has coached the Oakville Rangers 1997-born AAA team for the past seven seasons, will be the team’s new general manager, and Kevin Gomes will replace Matt Moore as the Blades’ head coach.

It has been reported Berg’s twin sons, Eli and Zachary, both played for the Greater Toronto Hockey League’s Toronto Young Nationals midget AAA team last season, and both will be eligible to play junior in the fall. Ira Berg has also said that wasn’t the primary reason he purchased the Blades.

With a new arena, Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, that holds 1,500 seated fans and an additional 300 standing, the team hopes to increase attendance. A lack of support at the gate from the community has caused the team to experience losses for the last few seasons.

In summary, winning will almost assuredly cure what ails the Blades. Making the playoffs in the 2012-2013 season, will help. The new management structure and staff focussed on specific assignments will also help.

New arena, new ownership and management, and a new attitude should be the catalysts for success.

Kevin Kelly

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