© Photo Special to The Guardian By Jeff Harper/Metro
Halifax Mooseheads forward Darcy Ashley, left, and P.E.I. Rocket Louick Marcotte fight for the puck during Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Thursday at the Halifax Metro Centre. Ashley is from Brooklyn.
A prospective ownership group has presented a Letter of Intent (LOI) to purchase the P.E.I. Rocket of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The LOI has been presented to current owner Serge Savard Sr. and notification of the LOI has been filed with Gilles Courteau, president of the league. The group presenting the LOI has local provincial ties, and has solicited Island legal counsel to represent their interests in this process.
Summerside native Grant Sonier is representing that group and will act as the group’s spokesperson. Sonier has had a long career in hockey and was an employee of a number of NHL teams. He has held titles of assistant general manager in the NHL and has held various NHL scouting positions after his professional coaching career.
Sonier said in a news release issued after 5 p.m. Thursday, "I believe in the game of hockey and I certainly believe the province and the people of Prince Edward Island want to keep this major junior team here. I am excited about the prospects of the team being purchased and kept on the Island."
Sonier added, "There is no doubt that the people involved in this potential purchase will be visible in the community. We have a great deal of respect for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the president's office, the league owners and specifically the Savard family. We appreciate all that the Savard group has done to bring major junior hockey to the Island.”
"The Savard family has the offer and it is our hope that an expeditious transaction will take place so that we can commence with the continued growth of this franchise as a premier team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League."
More to come . . .