Kingsville, which has had a Great Lakes Junior C franchise since 1987, has been near the bottom of the league standings the past five seasons, and have had the lowest attendance in the league the last two years.
Amherstburg, a town of more than 20,000 people, has been considered a hockey hotbed in Southwestern Ontario for years. Home of the Amherstburg Stars Minor Hockey system, Amherstburg won an OMHA Midget title in 2010 and 2011.
The area is also home to several popular, and athletically successful high school programs including Villanova, Sandwich, and General Amherst. Villanova, featuring several Amherstburg Minor Hockey players, advanced to the AAA-AAAA OFSAA Boys hockey championships this season.
This season, the Kingsville Comets used a late season run to vault over the Wallaceburg Lakers in the standings for the 8th and final playoff spot, before being swept by the eventual Great Lakes Junior C champion Essex 73s.
Although specifics of the deal are still being worked out, including those surrounding Amherstburg’s arena, the Comets are expected to call Amherstburg home next season.