Winnipeg, MB - The MJHL Board of Governors have voted unanimously to approve the transfer of the Winnipeg Blues ownership to 50 Below Sports + Entertainment Inc.
“We would like to acknowledge and thank Tom Kleysen, Dave Morris and the countless players, coaches, volunteers and supporters that have been part of the Winnipeg Blues legacy,” said Greg Fettes, Chairman of 50 Below Sports + Entertainment. “We look forward to the Blues joining us in our new world class training facility at the RINK beginning next season.”
As part of the transfer, the Blues will move to a new home during the 2019-2020 regular season. The historic junior hockey franchise will play out of the new 700-spectator NHL-sized arena within the RINK Training Centre facility in southwest Winnipeg. In addition, players will have access to a new state-of-the-art 7,000 square foot gym which features sports science and nutrition resources and a yoga studio.
Matt Cockell will act as the Blues new President and Governor in addition to his role as President and General Manager of the Winnipeg ICE. Ryan Cyr, the President of the RINK Training Centre, will serve as the Blues new Alternate Governor.
“The Blues are a natural fit and will compliment the RINK Hockey Academy and the Winnipeg ICE providing critical experience for players that aspire to progress to the next level of hockey,” said Cockell.
Ryan Cyr added, “The RINK Training Centre is purpose built to create a training and academic environment that provides athletes with everything they need to reach their potential on and off the ice.”
Winnipeg Blues 2019-2020 season seat and ticket information will be announced at a later date.
ABOUT THE WINNIPEG BLUES
The Winnipeg Blues - based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - are a team within the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. The team was founded in 1930 and is formerly known as the Winnipeg Monarchs, Fort Garry Blues and Winnipeg South Blues.
The Blues/ Monarchs franchise has won 17 Turnbull Cups as MJHL champions, two Anavet Cups and six Abbott Cups. The Monarchs were also three-time Memorial Cup champions. The 1995 Winnipeg South Blues have been inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame under the team category.
ABOUT 50 BELOW SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT
50 Below Sports + Entertainment Inc. (50 Below) is a Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada based company founded by investors and hockey enthusiasts including Greg Fettes, Brad Rice, Tina Jones, Mike Keane, Ryan Cyr and Matt Cockell. The company owns and operates the Winnipeg ICE, the RINK Player Development, the RINK Hockey Academy, Testify Sports Science as well as RINK Training Facility at McGillivray Boulevard and Loudon Road. 50 Below is excited to bring families, millennials and hardcore hockey fans together in the hockey capital of Canada - Winnipeg, Manitoba.