The Brampton Battalion of the OHL has reached an agreement to play in North Bay, Ontario.
Ever since coming into the OHL during the 1998-99 season the Battalion have struggled to get fans out to the games in a constant pace which led to rumours flying around about a possible move for sometime now. North Bay was home to the Centennials, an OHL team that played in North Bay until they moved to Saginaw, Michigan to become the Spirit in 2002. Now appears to be home of the Battalion. Battalion President Mike Griffin is a North Bay Native.
The North Bay City Council has approved a $12 million budget for the renovation and expansion of the aging Memorial Gardens. Seating Capacity will increase by 4246 seats, the ice surface will be reconfigured to regulation size (200 by 85 feet), 10 private boxes will be added, and a two-level team dressing room will be built.
The Battalion agreed to a 15-year lease of Memorial Gardens “contingent upon a community campaign achieving 2,000 season tickets for a minimum three-year period and subject to approval by the OHL board of governors,” the statement said.
The move will occur for next season as the current 15 year lease of the Powerade Centre in Brampton ends after this season. No word on any changes to the team logo or name, or if there is a possibility of them becoming the Centennials just like the last team in North Bay played as.
Currently the Brampton Battalion sit in last place in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the OHL with a record of 6W-7L-3OTL-2SOL in 18GP with 41GF and 54GA. Top skaters includes Blake Clarke (5G, 15PTS in 18GP) and Barclay Goodrow (9G, 12PTS in 18GP). Brampton Battalion starting Goaltender Matej Machovsky has a record of 5W-4L-3OTL-2SOL in 15GP with 2.57GAA, 0.900SV% and 1 Shutout.