Head coach Ryan Kuwabara purchases the Ancaster Avalanche

News Apr 22, 2016 Ancaster News

Ancaster Avalanche general manager and head coach Ryan Kuwabara and local businessman Tim Wilson have purchased the team from former owner Ron Van Kleef.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kuwabara, 44, began his association with the club in 2011-12 as the general manager of the Stoney Creek Warriors and oversaw the franchise’s move to Ancaster prior to the 2013-14 season. He took over as head coach in 2012-13.

A Hamilton native, Kuwabara played Junior B hockey in the city before moving on to the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League. He was selected in the second round of the 1990 NHL draft by the Montreal Canadiens and played professionally in the AHL, ECHL, Japan and Britain. He was a member of the Japanese national team at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

Kuwabara said he “strongly believes” in junior hockey in Ancaster.

“We’ve started to gain a foothold in this community and it’s our job to continue to do that and put a good, solid hockey team on the ice,” he said.

Wilson, 46, founded Mighty Expedite, a cross-border third-party logistics provider in 2000. He played minor hockey in Montreal and moved to Burlington in 1991. He has coached minor hockey in Burlington for the seven years and is coach of the Burlington Eagles Minor Bantam AA team.

“I’m extremely excited to be a part of the Ancaster community and this hockey club,” said Wilson, who will also take on the role of team president. “To have a partner like Ryan Kuwabara is a gift. My job is to fill the stands and Ryan’s going to put a competitive product on the ice. We hope to be the envy of everybody in Junior B hockey.”

The 2015-16 season was the team’s best in three years in Ancaster. The Avs finished third in the Golden Horseshoe Conference with a 28-15-4-3 record. The Avalanche advanced to the conference semifinals but lost to the St. Catharines Falcons in six games.

Head coach Ryan Kuwabara purchases the Ancaster Avalanche

News Apr 22, 2016 Ancaster News

Ancaster Avalanche general manager and head coach Ryan Kuwabara and local businessman Tim Wilson have purchased the team from former owner Ron Van Kleef.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kuwabara, 44, began his association with the club in 2011-12 as the general manager of the Stoney Creek Warriors and oversaw the franchise’s move to Ancaster prior to the 2013-14 season. He took over as head coach in 2012-13.

A Hamilton native, Kuwabara played Junior B hockey in the city before moving on to the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League. He was selected in the second round of the 1990 NHL draft by the Montreal Canadiens and played professionally in the AHL, ECHL, Japan and Britain. He was a member of the Japanese national team at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

“We’ve started to gain a foothold in this community and it’s our job to continue to do that and put a good, solid hockey team on the ice.”

Kuwabara said he “strongly believes” in junior hockey in Ancaster.

“We’ve started to gain a foothold in this community and it’s our job to continue to do that and put a good, solid hockey team on the ice,” he said.

Wilson, 46, founded Mighty Expedite, a cross-border third-party logistics provider in 2000. He played minor hockey in Montreal and moved to Burlington in 1991. He has coached minor hockey in Burlington for the seven years and is coach of the Burlington Eagles Minor Bantam AA team.

“I’m extremely excited to be a part of the Ancaster community and this hockey club,” said Wilson, who will also take on the role of team president. “To have a partner like Ryan Kuwabara is a gift. My job is to fill the stands and Ryan’s going to put a competitive product on the ice. We hope to be the envy of everybody in Junior B hockey.”

The 2015-16 season was the team’s best in three years in Ancaster. The Avs finished third in the Golden Horseshoe Conference with a 28-15-4-3 record. The Avalanche advanced to the conference semifinals but lost to the St. Catharines Falcons in six games.

Head coach Ryan Kuwabara purchases the Ancaster Avalanche

News Apr 22, 2016 Ancaster News

Ancaster Avalanche general manager and head coach Ryan Kuwabara and local businessman Tim Wilson have purchased the team from former owner Ron Van Kleef.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kuwabara, 44, began his association with the club in 2011-12 as the general manager of the Stoney Creek Warriors and oversaw the franchise’s move to Ancaster prior to the 2013-14 season. He took over as head coach in 2012-13.

A Hamilton native, Kuwabara played Junior B hockey in the city before moving on to the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League. He was selected in the second round of the 1990 NHL draft by the Montreal Canadiens and played professionally in the AHL, ECHL, Japan and Britain. He was a member of the Japanese national team at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

“We’ve started to gain a foothold in this community and it’s our job to continue to do that and put a good, solid hockey team on the ice.”

Kuwabara said he “strongly believes” in junior hockey in Ancaster.

“We’ve started to gain a foothold in this community and it’s our job to continue to do that and put a good, solid hockey team on the ice,” he said.

Wilson, 46, founded Mighty Expedite, a cross-border third-party logistics provider in 2000. He played minor hockey in Montreal and moved to Burlington in 1991. He has coached minor hockey in Burlington for the seven years and is coach of the Burlington Eagles Minor Bantam AA team.

“I’m extremely excited to be a part of the Ancaster community and this hockey club,” said Wilson, who will also take on the role of team president. “To have a partner like Ryan Kuwabara is a gift. My job is to fill the stands and Ryan’s going to put a competitive product on the ice. We hope to be the envy of everybody in Junior B hockey.”

The 2015-16 season was the team’s best in three years in Ancaster. The Avs finished third in the Golden Horseshoe Conference with a 28-15-4-3 record. The Avalanche advanced to the conference semifinals but lost to the St. Catharines Falcons in six games.