In the midst of their push for a new arena, the Sudbury Wolves are hoping to receive a boost from new ownership.
Businessman Dario Zulich has purchased the Wolves, and all signs point to him keeping the team in Sudbury. Despite a decline and ticket sales and other financial issues, Zulich foresees a new arena on the horizon.
Sudbury has been mulling the True North Strong Event Centre, a multi-use sports and entertainment venue that would be constructed along side a mixed-use development area that includes a hotel. Zulich has been backing the project, leaving many, including former Wolves owner Ron Dupuis, to believe that his involvement in the team will be beneficial for the project. More from CBC News:
If the plan goes ahead, Dupuis said purchasing the team would boost the arena’s presence and help dwindling ticket sales.
“It’s a perfect marriage and, by doing that, I think that’s one of the driving forces behind Mr. Zulich’s reasoning in buying the Wolves hockey club,” he said.
“Mr. Zulich is certainly going to bring a fresh new look to the team. And especially, it’s going to complement his new proposed arena on the Kingsway. So, it all blends in together very well.”
Zulich is part of the True Strong North group, which first presented its arena proposal to the Sudbury council last November.