GRAND FALLS, New Brunswick (WAGM) - As we first reported a month and a half ago, the Woodstock Slammers would not be competing in the Maritime Jr A Hockey League. Instead of taking a one year leave of absence, the team has found a new home.
"We will have a junior A hockey team in Grand Falls starting in September of 2018," said Grand Falls mayor Marcel Deschenes.
The Slammers have been in the league since 2003 and wanted the team to stay in the local area.
"Wes I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for you indulgence and straight fullness and these guys wanted to keep the team in the valley," Deschenes.
The Slammers ownership saw the success the Blizzard had in Edmundston this past season and think Grand Falls can offer a similar opportunity.
"A beautiful facility and we knew they would embrace it. Obviously we saw what happened last year with Edmundston and they've really taken off. I'm sure Grand Falls is going to be no different. There's going to be some really serious rivalries in awhile," said former Slammers President Wes Corey.
Grand Falls Mayor Marcel Deschenes was the leader in bringing the team to Grand Falls.
"My last name is not McCain, it's Deschenes and I don't have deep pockets. When I did sign to buy the team I was not looking for an investment for Marcel Deschenes. I was looking for an investment for the community," Deschenes said.
Soon there will be a contest to name the team and then it'll be a quick turnaround to begin practices.
"It has not yet been even a month since we have started our discussion and we will be on the ice in three months," Deschenes said.
Brendan Bornstein played has played for the Slammers for a few seasons and is going to miss Woodstock, but looks forward to the upcoming season in Grand Falls.
"We're also extremely excited to be coming here given a new home in Grand Falls. It really means a lot to us to stay as a team. We can all move together and have found a new home," he said.