End of season shakeup for Tottenham Steam

April 20, 2016   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart
Fresh off their Greater Metro Hockey League Russell Cup championship win, the Tottenham Steam will see a shake-up on the bench as the team has changed hands both in ownership and coaching staff.
As of April 7, head coach Ryan Wood announced that he is no longer the head coach and general manager as the team has been sold.
The team was bought by interested parties who had previously worked with the Alliston Coyotes.
“They bought Tottenham, and I bought Alliston,” Wood said.
The Coyotes former owner, Nikita Vasilyev, has decided to “get out of hockey.”
Vasilyev has been involved in the Greater Metro Hockey League for the past several years starting with the Shelburne “Russian” Red Wings have since folded.
Vasilyev started the Coyotes in Alliston but the franchise never really took off. Low attendance and competition with the popular Alliston Junior C Hornets meant many people in town had to choose which club to follow.
“There was an offer and it was accepted,” Wood said of the sudden sale of the Tottenham franchise. “I thought, ‘what am I going to do?’ I want to be somewhat close to home so I made an offer to the Russians (Alliston) and I’ve got a deal pending and that should be finalized over the next week.”
Wood is also in talks with the town of Angus as a potential location for a GMHL for next season.
Wood’s organization did a stellar job with the Tottenham club this season. Not only did they win the Russell Cup, the team was very popular and regularly drew a good crowd to the arena a the Tottenham Community Centre.
No replacement for Wood’s position on the Steam bench has yet been announced.

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