Woodstock Slammers moving to Grand Falls

The Woodstock Slammers are moving to Grand Falls for the 2018-19 Maritime Hockey League (MHL) season.

The franchise had requested a one-year leave of absence in March to allow for either the sale of the franchise or provide the opportunity for another individual or group to assume control of team operations.

President Wes Corey said, "Due to a combination of factors, it is no longer in the best interest of our organization to continue operations."

In a news release, MHL Communications Director Will MacLaren says interested parties in Grand Falls, as well as the Slammers, began to take the required steps to move the club approximately 110 kilometers north along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Grand Falls Mayor Marcel Deschenes was instrumental in bringing the franchise to the town, submitting a relocation proposal was submitted to a special meeting of the MHL's Board of Governor's last Friday, which was approved.

A big crowd was on hand at the E. & P. Senechal Centre for the announcement

A big crowd was on hand at the E. & P. Senechal Centre for the announcement (Staff photo)

The team will be setting up a Facebook page, titled "Hockey Junior A Grand Falls", which is expected to detail a contest to select a new name in conjunction with area schools and the community.

The first major MHL event for the Grand Falls group will be the league's Annual General Meeting and Entry Draft, being held in Berwick, Nova Scotia June 7th to 9th.

The Slammers joined the league in 2003, winning three league titles, a Fred Page Cup, and finished runner-up at the 2012 RBC Cup National Jr. A Tournament.