It appears the Vernon Vipers hockey club is about to get new owners.
“Where is stands right now is the current owners of the Vernon Vipers have identified a new ownership group and have brought them forward to the league and their application to become the new owners of the Vipers is under review right now by the BCHL,” Brent Mutis, the BC Hockey League’s communications director, told Beach Radio News Friday afternoon.
Mutis could not say if local people were involved in the purchase of the club or how long the review would take.
As far as the coaches are concerned, Mutis believes contracts for the staff are currently registered.
“If the ownership application is approved and the new group moves forward, it’ll be up to them to inherit those contracts and decide whether to honour them or not,” Mutis says. “As far as operation of the team on the ice, I don’t think anything changes in the short term. It would be a decision of the new ownership group, should they be approved, what they’re going to do with the current staff.”
Just a few weeks ago, the current owner Libby Wray denied she was selling the club.
Wray took over ownership of the team when her husband — Duncan — died in January.
Duncan Wray bought the team in 1992 when it was the Vernon Lakers, changing the name to Vipers in 1995.