Senior hockey coming to Mountain Arena

Community May 13, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The Dave Andreychuk-Mountain Arena will be home to a new senior hockey franchise this fall.

“We’re excited to bring a senior hockey team back to Hamilton,” said Jason Daleo, co-owner, president and general manager of the new club.

The name, coach and other details about the club, which will play in the Allan Cup Hockey senior league, have not been released.

Daleo is also the owner of Dundas-based Ultimate Sports Feed, a sports promotion website, and a former executive with the American Hockey League Hamilton Bulldogs between 2003 and 2007.

He said industrial roofing company operator George Roque is the franchise’s other owner.

More information about the team, including some player signings, are expected to be released in the next couple of weeks.

Daleo said the Allan Cup Hockey senior league approved the new franchise May 6 and formal Ontario Hockey Association approval was expected on Wednesday.

The new club will join the Dundas Real McCoys, Stoney Creek Generals, Brantford Blast, Norwood Vipers and Whitby Dunlops in the senior loop.

“I’ve been a fan of Allan Cup (senior) hockey the last 15 years,” said Daleo, who has also been a season ticket holder of the Real McCoys the past five seasons.

He began pursuing the senior franchise last February after hearing talk that the Jr. A Hamilton Red Wings would be moving to Markham at the end of the season. The Red Wings confirmed the move last month.

Daleo said he did not have to pay any territorial fees to Stoney Creek or Dundas. He added a third senior team in Hamilton should strengthen fan interest in the game.

“It’s going to increase everybody’s fan base,” he said. “There are more than enough players at the former pro level to play and compete.”

Don Robertson, owner and general manager of the Dundas club, said the new franchise will be good for the league.

“I think it’s wonderful,” Robertson said. “It’s more local rivalries.”

Daleo said the new franchise will play a 24-game schedule starting in late October . There will be 12 home games on Saturday nights; tickets are expected to be in the $10 range.

He figures the team budget will be around $130,000 and he hopes to sell sponsorship packages to local businesses.

Typically, senior hockey players are former professionals or college and university players who still wish to play at a high level.

The new franchise will be the first senior hockey club in the pre-amalgamation City of Hamilton since 1954 when the Hamilton Tigers closed up shop.

Daleo said he feels there is still room at the Hester Street rink for another junior franchise, should a team wish to pick up the Monday night timeslot vacated by the Red Wings.

Senior hockey coming to Mountain Arena

Local businessmen owners of new Allan Cup franchise

Community May 13, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The Dave Andreychuk-Mountain Arena will be home to a new senior hockey franchise this fall.

“We’re excited to bring a senior hockey team back to Hamilton,” said Jason Daleo, co-owner, president and general manager of the new club.

The name, coach and other details about the club, which will play in the Allan Cup Hockey senior league, have not been released.

Daleo is also the owner of Dundas-based Ultimate Sports Feed, a sports promotion website, and a former executive with the American Hockey League Hamilton Bulldogs between 2003 and 2007.

There are more than enough players at the former pro level to play and compete.

He said industrial roofing company operator George Roque is the franchise’s other owner.

More information about the team, including some player signings, are expected to be released in the next couple of weeks.

Daleo said the Allan Cup Hockey senior league approved the new franchise May 6 and formal Ontario Hockey Association approval was expected on Wednesday.

The new club will join the Dundas Real McCoys, Stoney Creek Generals, Brantford Blast, Norwood Vipers and Whitby Dunlops in the senior loop.

“I’ve been a fan of Allan Cup (senior) hockey the last 15 years,” said Daleo, who has also been a season ticket holder of the Real McCoys the past five seasons.

He began pursuing the senior franchise last February after hearing talk that the Jr. A Hamilton Red Wings would be moving to Markham at the end of the season. The Red Wings confirmed the move last month.

Daleo said he did not have to pay any territorial fees to Stoney Creek or Dundas. He added a third senior team in Hamilton should strengthen fan interest in the game.

“It’s going to increase everybody’s fan base,” he said. “There are more than enough players at the former pro level to play and compete.”

Don Robertson, owner and general manager of the Dundas club, said the new franchise will be good for the league.

“I think it’s wonderful,” Robertson said. “It’s more local rivalries.”

Daleo said the new franchise will play a 24-game schedule starting in late October . There will be 12 home games on Saturday nights; tickets are expected to be in the $10 range.

He figures the team budget will be around $130,000 and he hopes to sell sponsorship packages to local businesses.

Typically, senior hockey players are former professionals or college and university players who still wish to play at a high level.

The new franchise will be the first senior hockey club in the pre-amalgamation City of Hamilton since 1954 when the Hamilton Tigers closed up shop.

Daleo said he feels there is still room at the Hester Street rink for another junior franchise, should a team wish to pick up the Monday night timeslot vacated by the Red Wings.

Senior hockey coming to Mountain Arena

Local businessmen owners of new Allan Cup franchise

Community May 13, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The Dave Andreychuk-Mountain Arena will be home to a new senior hockey franchise this fall.

“We’re excited to bring a senior hockey team back to Hamilton,” said Jason Daleo, co-owner, president and general manager of the new club.

The name, coach and other details about the club, which will play in the Allan Cup Hockey senior league, have not been released.

Daleo is also the owner of Dundas-based Ultimate Sports Feed, a sports promotion website, and a former executive with the American Hockey League Hamilton Bulldogs between 2003 and 2007.

There are more than enough players at the former pro level to play and compete.

He said industrial roofing company operator George Roque is the franchise’s other owner.

More information about the team, including some player signings, are expected to be released in the next couple of weeks.

Daleo said the Allan Cup Hockey senior league approved the new franchise May 6 and formal Ontario Hockey Association approval was expected on Wednesday.

The new club will join the Dundas Real McCoys, Stoney Creek Generals, Brantford Blast, Norwood Vipers and Whitby Dunlops in the senior loop.

“I’ve been a fan of Allan Cup (senior) hockey the last 15 years,” said Daleo, who has also been a season ticket holder of the Real McCoys the past five seasons.

He began pursuing the senior franchise last February after hearing talk that the Jr. A Hamilton Red Wings would be moving to Markham at the end of the season. The Red Wings confirmed the move last month.

Daleo said he did not have to pay any territorial fees to Stoney Creek or Dundas. He added a third senior team in Hamilton should strengthen fan interest in the game.

“It’s going to increase everybody’s fan base,” he said. “There are more than enough players at the former pro level to play and compete.”

Don Robertson, owner and general manager of the Dundas club, said the new franchise will be good for the league.

“I think it’s wonderful,” Robertson said. “It’s more local rivalries.”

Daleo said the new franchise will play a 24-game schedule starting in late October . There will be 12 home games on Saturday nights; tickets are expected to be in the $10 range.

He figures the team budget will be around $130,000 and he hopes to sell sponsorship packages to local businesses.

Typically, senior hockey players are former professionals or college and university players who still wish to play at a high level.

The new franchise will be the first senior hockey club in the pre-amalgamation City of Hamilton since 1954 when the Hamilton Tigers closed up shop.

Daleo said he feels there is still room at the Hester Street rink for another junior franchise, should a team wish to pick up the Monday night timeslot vacated by the Red Wings.