The team will no longer be Montreal’s AHL team anymore, it will be Hamilton’s team.
The owner Michael Andlauer will have his people running the franchise, not the Canadiens organization
His GM, will have the people he wants running the show, not who Montreal wants running it and pulling the best players off the team at their whim.
Hamilton will now be eligible to host a Memorial Cup in the near future
Andlauer is a local owner and does great things for the community
Here is a great story about the positives of this for the community and city
[url=http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/5475416-radley-ohl-belleville-bulls-coming-to-hamilton/]http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/547 ... -hamilton/[/url]
[b]"But a funny thing happened on the way to minority ownership with the Canadiens themselves, a Calder Cup in 2007, and even an outdoor game at Ivor Wynne Stadium in 2012. Andlauer’s focus broadened. He was still about the team, but it was becoming more and more about the community.
The Bulldogs’ Foundation started raising huge amounts of money and redirecting it to programs in lower-income areas of town. Areas like those where he grew up. Highlighted by the Dogs Breakfast program which now gives $125,000 a year to help students get fed properly before school.
He allowed the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs to use the team’s trademarked name and logo at no cost. He continued to lose money but kept paying the bills. Other stuff, too.
When it became inevitable — his word, again — that the Canadiens were going to pull their prospects closer to home as so many AHL teams, Andlauer could have easily folded his tent and let hockey die here. It certainly would have saved him money. But he’d promised hockey would be here. So he started searching for a replacement.
He’d actually been looking for an OHL team for the past four years so he’d have a backup plan if the AHL bolted. But now he sped up the search, finally landing the Belleville Bulls on Thursday."[/b]