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Guelph Storm has new owners

Ontario Hockey League team sold to businessmen Joel Feldberg and Jeffrey Bly

The Guelph Storm has new owners.

The Ontario Hockey League announced Friday afternoon that the sale of the team to Toronto businessmen Joel Feldberg and Jeffrey Bly has been approved, effective immediately.

Feldberg is the president of The Global Furniture Group, a Toronto-based office furniture manufacturing firm. Bly is the senior vice-president of the same company.

They purchase the team from Rick Gaetz, Scott Walker, Rick Hoyle and John Heeley.

"On behalf of the Ontario Hockey League and our Board of Governors I would like to acknowledge the contributions made by Storm Governor Rick Gaetz and the rest of the Guelph ownership group consisting of Scott Walker, Rick Hoyle and John Heeley. Throughout their tenure, the Storm have remained a competitive force on the ice and done tremendous things in the Guelph community," said OHL Commissioner David Branch in a news release. "We are excited to welcome Joel Feldberg and Jeffrey Bly to the OHL family."

"This was an extremely difficult decision," said Gaetz in the same release. "I can speak for the entire ownership group when I say that we will miss the Storm very much. We are proud of what we have all achieved on the ice and in the great community of Guelph. It has been a sincere privilege to be a part of this great League and tremendous city."

"We are eager to get involved with the team, the league and the community of Guelph," said Feldberg. "I want to thank the current ownership group for this opportunity. The Storm have always been an integral part of the community and we look forward to carrying out that legacy."