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Sea Wolves Fate Should Be Decided By June First

Mississippi Sea Wolves Head Coach Bob Woods doesn't know too much about the future of the local ECHL team. He was told that a decision will be made by June 1st.

The Mississippi Sea Wolves stockholders met today to discuss the various options. Majority owner Jean Gagnon said nothing in concrete has been offered, but one of the options includes the possibility of selling the team to a group of investors from Kentucky.

Gagnon said the stockholders meeting was tabled and rescheduled for later this week. He added that Sea Wolves minority owner Lenny Sawyer told him about a local group of investors who are trying to save the team to make sure they stay right here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Sawyer told WLOX Sports that the Sea Wolves did not receive a written proposal from the Kentucky group, a group that wants to buy the team and move it to Lexington. Sawyer said he will continue working with the local group in efforts to keep the team here. He hopes the local group can come up with a proposal to buy the team from the Sea Wolves owners (Mississippi Holders Hockey LLC).

Sawyer has also been contacted by four ECHL teams who would be interested in relocating their franchises to the Mississippi Gulf Coast if the Sea Wolves leave for Kentucky. The New Orleans Brass and the Louisiana IceGators are two of the four teams that have made contact.

The Brass are looking for a new arena since the Hornets move from Charlotte took away their home ice. The IceGators are involved in a dispute with the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana. They want to redo their contract with the arena. The IceGators receive no money from concessions and they now want a portion of that money.

We should learn more on the future of the Sea Wolves following another shareholders meeting later this month.

By A.J. Giardina

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