Friday, January 25, 2013: League Looks to Add First Ever Canadian Franchise for 2013-14 BRAMPTON, ON (January 23, 2013) BRAMPTON, ON (January 23, 2013) - After several months of working silently behind the scenes, Cosmos Sports is proud to announce some very exciting news. In a partnership that includes Gregg Rosen, President of KIMCO Steel, The City of Brampton and the Central Hockey League, a letter of intent has been reached to bring professional hockey to the city of Brampton, Ontario. This would be Ontario™s long sought after fifth professional hockey team, joining the ranks of the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Ottawa Senators (NHL), Toronto Marlies (AHL), and the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL). The news comes shortly after the announcement that the city™s current hockey team will be leaving town following the 2012-13 season.
The team will be led by Kingston entrepreneur, owner of Kimco Steel, and former owner of the Kingston Voyageurs, Gregg Rosen, who will be Owner of the Team. Cary Kaplan, President of Cosmos Sports and former President of the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL), will assume the role of President & Governor of the team. In addition, Cosmos Sports will provide leadership and senior management for the new Brampton team, including overseeing the community/public relations, ticket sales, sponsorship, and marketing departments.
After working with Cosmos to sell the Voyageurs team to a new local ownership group in 2011, Gregg continued to work with Cary and Cosmos Sports in hopes of achieving his goal of owning a professional hockey team.
I am very excited and honoured to be working with the Central Hockey League, to bring professional hockey to the City and the people of Brampton; as the first Canadian team in league history, said Rosen. We believe that Brampton is a great hockey market. Cary and I are committed to providing great entertainment, winning hockey, and community leadership to the City and being a successful and vibrant Central Hockey League franchise for many years.
In coordination with Wednesday's announcement of the team, Cosmos Sports launched a team website, www.hockeybrampton.com, as well as the Name the Team Contest asking fans to submit their ideas for chances to win great prizes. As well, Founders Club seats officially became available Wednesday and include the best benefits package in sports.
It is very exciting to make this announcement,said Duane Lewis, Central Hockey League Commissioner. grew up in this area and know firsthand what a positive addition this market will be to our current roster of teams. Our hope is to expand further in the future in the Southern Ontario area.
With a strong emphasis on community involvement, tremendous benefits for season seat holders, and a focus on overall entertainment/fun rather than simply hockey, Cosmos Sports and everyone involved are very positive that this new venture can be a huge success. Adding that the team will call the state of the art Powerade Centre their home means that fans can expect the best entertainment in town.
As you can imagine, there is much that has to be completed and finalized to make this historic step to Canada for the Central Hockey League, said Lewis. We have been working diligently to complete everything and the Letter of Intent is the next step to putting the new franchise on the Central Hockey League map
For more information on the team including Founders Club Tickets and other ways to be involved, contact President, Cary Kaplan.
Brampton- Central Hockey League