I didn’t post a specific blog article about this, but it came out a couple weeks ago that Brantford and Niagara Falls had applied to be part of the OJHL for the 2016-17 season.
I found this article by Brian Smiley in the Brantford Expositor. It says that Brantford’s application into the OJHL has been suspended.
It has this in the article:
DeDobbelaer said that he recently received an email from OJHL commissioner Marty Savoy letting the 99ers know that the application process, which also included the GOJHL’s Niagara Falls Canucks, had been suspended.
Now, I like to think that I’m pretty good at reading between the lines, I am a student of Whitey Stapleton afterall, and I read this to mean that Niagara Falls’ application has also been suspended and they’ll be in the GOJHL next season as well.
I looked, but I haven’t been able to find anything in the Niagara Falls newspapers about the Canucks application.
In other somewhat related news, pertaining to Brantford anyways, founding owner Paul Polillo has stepped down from the team. That article is found here.
In the previous article, it says that the split from the team is for ‘philosophical differences’. I’ve never seen it worded that way, but basically him and the others in charge had differences of opinion as to how to move the 99er’s forward.
We’ll see how this works out for Brantford, but I’m hoping they can make some headway next season and move up in the standings.
And of course, after posting my article I see an article from Cory Smith of the Stratford Beacon Herald that the OHA and OJHL have suspended their expansion project.
This is Cory’s article.
Teaches me that if I’m looking for information, go to the Beacon Herald because they always have it.