Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cougars sold? Not yet

The WHL’s Prince George Cougars haven’t been sold . . . in principle or in anything else.
As of late Wednesday night, as in minutes before the clock struck the bewitching hour, the Cougars were still under the ownership of Rick Brodsky.
Brodsky, who has owned the franchise since 1994 when he purchased the Victoria Cougars and moved the franchise to Prince George, has been negotiating with a group headed by Prince George businessman Greg Pocock.
That group also is believed to include NHL defenceman Eric Brewer of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dan Hamhuis of the Vancouver Canucks, both of whom played with the Cougars.
The sale was believed close to completion late last week, but I am told that negotiations have stalled and no progress has been made since some time last week.
The Cougars, who didn’t qualify for the playoffs, played their final regular-season game on Saturday. They averaged a WHL-low 1,693 fans per game, a decrease of 147 from the previous season.

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