MOOSE ERA ENDS IN THORNHILL -
THE BLUE ICE JETS ERA BEGINS!
MAY 9, 2013
It’s been said that when one door closes, inevitably another opens!
As preparations are underway for the Greater Metro Jr. A Hockey League’s eighth season, one door is closing on the chapter of the Toronto Canada Moose Jr. A Hockey Club, but another is about to open.
As owner of the Moose, one of only four GMHL member clubs remaining from the seven teams that began play in 2006, and one of only three original owners, I would like to announce that I have sold the majority interest in the club to a new ownership group which will take over control of the operation for the 2013-2014 season.
Now to be known as the Toronto Blue Ice Jets, the team will operate under the direction of Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations, Tom Kotsopoulos, former Sudbury Wolves player, and long time pro.
The club will continue to play out of the Thornhill Community Centre, one of the finest Jr. A facilities anywhere, and with Blue Ice Hockey Stick company as a title sponsor, the team will undergo a complete facelift this year, donning the Black and Silver uniform of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings.
The team has been hard at work recruiting for next season and has already run a few preliminary skates in advance of the GMHL AGM and Draft on May 12.
Over the course of the next several days, a new website will appear online and detailed information on the program for next season will be readily available.
In the meantime, those players interested in earning themselves a spot on the Jets should contact Mr. Kotsopoulos by phone at 647-704-1427, or via email at ‘email@example.com’.
And lastly, on a personal note, while I will be taking a step back from the daily operation of the team and pursuing other opportunities, I do so with mixed emotions.
As a league executive from the outset, not to mention the owner of the Moose, I’m pleased to have had the opportunity to contribute to the creation and evolution of the GMHL – Rules and Officials Coordinator, Director of Communication, Website Administrator, the production and hosting of our Rogers Television show ‘Inside the GMHL’, not to mention the literally thousands of hours I’ve spent online promoting our league in numerous hockey discussion forums, and the creation of our own GMHL FORUM, which I will continue to administrate.
It’s been thrilling to watch the GMHL establish itself on the Canadian junior hockey landscape – despite all the naysayers and the mega-giant Hockey Canada doing everything in its power to prevent our success – to this point where the league will enter its eighth campaign with twenty teams throughout Ontario and Quebec .
TWENTY TEAMS! Pretty remarkable!
The Greater Metro Jr A Hockey League is near and dear to my heart and always will be, and I see nothing but continued success providing opportunities to players from all over the world! I still maintain a stake in a few different GMHL clubs, including the Moose (Jets), and plan to follow those teams throughout the season. I will also contribute to the Jets program where I can, particularly through the early transition period.
I’d like to take this opportunity to say a large thank you to everyone who has been involved with the league and our teams that I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years, thanks to all of the teams’ staff and supporters for always making us feel so welcome when our team came to town, and especially thanks to those players and parents who chose to commit to play for the Moose for the last seven seasons.
It was never perfect, but it was an honour and a privilege to work at something I love to do with the goal of helping young players develop, not only as hockey players, but as individuals.
As for the Toronto Blue Ice Jets, I am excited with the new ownership group’s level of hockey expertise and commitment to the game, and confident that the Jets will be successful moving forward continuing the philosophy of developing young student-athletes.
The very best of luck to all.
See you around the rink!
Marshall UretskyToronto Canada Moose Jr. A Hockey Club