Friday, March 8, 2013 Earlier this year, the sports world was delivered news that following the departure of the city's current team, Brampton intended to have a new professional team to call its own. Today that intent was made a reality as the agreement between the City of Brampton, Realstar Group (Powerade Centre), the Central Hockey League and Hockey Brampton was made official. The signing of the agreement by all parties' caps off a process that actually began in 2011; but only gained significant steam when Rosen and Kaplan began discussions with Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell in late 2012.
"We are very excited to have the deal finalized"said Rosen. "While it is a time for celebration, we know that this is when the real work starts. We have made a promise to the citizens of Brampton (and surrounding areas) to provide exceptional entertainment and winning hockey for many years to come."
Rosen went on to say: "Cary and I would like to give a special acknowledgment to Mayor Susan Fennell for being instrumental in brokering this agreement. Without the Mayor's unwavering support, this deal would not have materialized"
A strong supporter throughout the entire process, Mayor Susan Fennell could not have been more thrilled by the news.
The enthusiasm surrounding the news was felt across the league, as league commissioner Duane Lewis had this to say:
While this marks the stamping of the deal"official", the process of launching the team is already well underway. In one if its initial partnerships, the team has united with the Brampton Guardian to create the . Fans are encouraged to submit their ideas for team names, with the winner being awarded a trip to this year's Stanley Cup Final. In what can be described as a "Canadian Idol" style voting process, one by one the fans will eliminate entries with the final name being selected in early April. Additionally, sale of Founders Club/Season Seats continue, now with the added reassurance that the deal is finalized.
A key factor in determining that Brampton was THE city to call home was the presence of the state of the art Powerade Centre.
With a major milestone now complete, the new Brampton Central Hockey League team transitions its focus to a long list of tasks that lie ahead, all before the puck drops later this year.
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