A realignment in the GOJHL’s Western Conference is expected to be announced next month as the Lambton Shores Predators will be on the move to Komoka.
The move, which has been approved by the Ontario Hockey Association, will be decided June 21 at the Municipality of Middlesex Centre council meeting, where the move, and agreements with the Municipality and Middlesex Centre Wellness and Recreation Complex in Komoka will be formalized.
Three different OHA franchises originally applied to move to Komoka, but the Middlesex Centre Municipal staff decided the Lambton Shores Predators would be the best fit.
“The decision was made to continue talks with the Predators and we are now working through drafts and details of a long term lease,” said Scott Mairs, Director of Community Services, in a Municipality press release.
For long time Lambton Shores Predators owner, who brought the franchise to Forest, Ontario from Petrolia in 2008, he believes the will be a positive one for the town and team.
“We selected this rink since it’s a modern facility with all the amenities required for Junior Hockey plus it’s in a great location (e.g. close to UWO, Fanshawe College, main Highway, etc.) with a growing population base,” explained Lambton Shores Predators owner Roop Chanderdat.
“In addition this facility is also home to the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs AAA Hockey which is a good fit for our Jr. B team to continue to develop local hockey talent that have graduated from their successful program. Plus we have had good dealings in the past with Middlesex Centre during our spring camps and they are very professional.”
Several Chatham-Kent products have played for the Lambton Shores Predators in recent seasons, and the Predators and Chatham Maroons have long been trade partners.