By Gail Robertson
(BELLE RIVER, ON) – The Jr. C Belle River Canadiens will start the 2012-13 hockey season with new owners. The team was purchased by Cypher Systems Group and will join the LaSalle Jr. B Vipers as part of its sports division.
“This is good news for the team,” says former Canadiens owner Greg McDonough. “The time has come for me to move on and pass the reins to some new blood. It is a great move for the team and for our community. The new owners are also local so it’s great news for hockey in Essex County.”
Cypher Systems Group executive John Savage says very little is expected to change under its ownership. “The Canadiens are a great club with a storied history and a strong, loyal fan base. We are committed to building on this. And as with the Vipers, the Canadiens have an outstanding group of volunteers for which they are forever indebted.”
Savage says Cypher Systems Group has a diverse group of companies but with deep roots in Essex County. “We give back to our communities in a variety of ways; supporting and helping develop and maintain hometown hockey is just one of them. These junior hockey teams are an integral part of the Canadian fabric and we feel privileged to be a part of it.”
Canadiens GM and Coach Mark Seguin looks forward to keeping his focus on the ice. “We have a strong team and we will continue to play hockey at the highest level possible. CSG is a great organization I am looking forward to this partnership both with the owners and with the Vipers.”