Say goodbye to the Trenton Devils and NHL ownership; say hello to the Trenton Titans and a new ownership group.
The ECHL formally approved the Titans during the league’s most recent meetings. The team is owned by Blue Line Sports, LLC with Rich Lisk serving as managing partner. The ownership ensures that hockey remains in Trenton and will return to its roots as Trenton joined the ECHL as the Titans in 1999-2000, and won the Kelly Cup in 2005.
The team replaces the Trenton Devils, who ceased operations in early July and turned in their Membership. The team will commence operations immediately and will play in the 2011-12 season under the existing schedule finalized in late April.
â€œWe are extremely pleased that this ownership group has stepped forward to keep professional hockey in Trenton,â€ said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. â€œWe all understand that there is an extraordinary amount of work to be done prior to the season but have confidence that under the leadership of Rich Lisk and his team that the market can once again be a strong member of the ECHL.â€
â€œHaving been involved with the original Titans, and what we were able to bring to the Greater Trenton community back then, this is the chance of a lifetime for me,â€™â€™ said Lisk. â€œWith my staff, I canâ€™t wait to see the smiling faces of fans in Sun National Bank Center.
â€œTo those fans, we say, this is your team. From our ownership, through our front office and on-ice operations, weâ€™re all in this together. The Titans are back.â€
The next thing: working out some deals with potential parents. The Titans were the most successful when affiliated with the Philadelphia Flyers, and a new affiliation is not out of the question.
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