RDS reporting Savards have given deadline to local investors
The QMJHL's P.E.I. Rocket hockey club was set to reveal its new logo for its rebirth as the P.E.I. Islanders next season. That news conference has been cancelled and French media RDS is reporting the Rocket may be heading to Sorel, Que.
On Tuesday, the P.E.I. Rocket sent an e-mail to local media about a "significant announcement" for Wednesday.
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey team had sent an e-mail earlier this week announcing it would reveal its new logo and colours on Thursday in Charlottetown.
A new name, the P.E.I. Islanders, was chosen by the fans in a contest last fall.
The first e-mail sent by Trent Birt, Rocket vice-president of operations, arrived at the Guardian on Monday at 5:09 p.m.
Then a second e-mail arrived Tuesday at 12:55 p.m., also from Birt, altering the first e-mail.
Here is the content of the first e-mail message received Monday:
Thursday, April 18, at 10:30 am, The PEI Rocket will be holding a press conference at the Charlottetown Civic Centre, in Meeting Room #1 (upstairs). At this time, we will be launching our new PEI Islanders name and logo, providing an overview of our 2012-13 season with some insight on our 2013-14 season, and giving details on our 2013-14 Season Ticket campaign.
And here is the second message on Tuesday:
The PEI Rocket is holding a press conference with a significant announcement tomorrow (Wednesday), at 10:30, in Meeting Room 1, at the Charlottetown Civic Centre. The announcement does not include any rebranding information. As a matter of fact, Thursday’s scheduled press conference has been postponed.
RDS, the French language version of TSN, is reporting Serge Savard and Serge Savard Jr., who own the Rocket, have given a group of unnamed local investors until April 26 to buy the team or it will be sold to a group headed by current NHLers François Beauchemin and Marc-Andre Fleury, and former pro Marc Denis.
That group would move the team to Sorel, Que.
Rumours of the team moving or being sold and then moved have swirled around it for years, talk spurred on by dwindling attendance and lack of playoff success.
This season, the Rocket won a franchise-record 41 games, reached the playoffs after a year's absence and posted two players with 100-plus points.
Lower Sackville, N.S., native Ben Duffy, a five-year player with the Rocket, led the league in scoring and assists with 110 and 71, respectively, while Josh Currie, Charlottetown native and team captain, finished third overall with 104 points and led the league in shorthanded goals (10).
P.E.I. lost to Val-d'Or in six games in the teams best-of-seven first round matchup.