The British Columbia Hockey League’s Board of Governors has approved the sale of the Surrey Eagles to a group of local businessmen headed up by Chuck Westgard, the league announced Wednesday.
"We are extremely excited to be part of the BCHL and look forward to being in Surrey long-term and building a championship team both on and off the ice," Westgard says.
The Eagles were previously owned by a group that included Ralph Berezen, Paul Quinn and Ronnie Paterson, who will continue to serve as the team’s President and Governor.
"Chuck and his group are very passionate about junior hockey and they will bring new energy and ideas to the Surrey Eagles," says Paterson. "I feel like we’ve laid a good foundation and that the new ownership will take the team to a new level."
"On behalf of the British Columbia Hockey League, I’d like to welcome Chuck Westgard and his group as the new owners of the Surrey Eagles," League Commissioner John Grisdale says. "Committed local ownership is the backbone of any successful junior hockey franchise, and I look forward to working with Chuck and Ronnie as they continue to grow the Eagles organization in the years to come."
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