The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have new owners.
The Maritime Hockey League announced in a press release on Saturday that the Weeks Hockey Organization, which has owned the franchise for 16 years, has sold it to new owners Scott Burden of Halifax and Bruce Ryan of Corner Brook, N.L.
Crushers’ team president Wade Sullivan said Burden and Ryan approached the team last fall. He said Burden and Ryan approached the league about what teams might be available for purchase and were sent to the Crushers.
Sullivan said the organization was looking for a buyer “for some time” due to the challenges of time and finances and the need to instill “fresh ideas” into the team.
The Crushers are in fifth place in the MHL’s South Division, two points behind the fourth-place South Shore Lumberjacks.
“I told the league we had to do something,” he said. “We were adamant about the team staying in Pictou County.”
Sullivan said the Weeks family will remain the Crushers’ named sponsor.
“The Weeks family has been a fantastic supporter for the organization and they wanted it to continue to thrive in the community, so they wanted to stay on board,” he said.
Ryan is originally from Mulgrave, N.S. but is now living in Corner Brook, N.L. Burden is from Corner Brook but now living in Halifax. They have been friends for years and both have sons on the Crushers’ roster: Brayden Ryan and Andrew Burden.
“We’ve been on a lot of benches together,” Scott Burden said, “This is a great opportunity. Pictou County has a home feel to me. so there’s zero per cent chance of moving the team. We’ll make a go of it somehow.”
Crushers players try to help control the puck after a Yarmouoth Mariners opponent crashes into goaltender Matthew Normore in their MHL game last Thursday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Crushers won 3-2 and will host the Valley Wildcats next Thursday at the Wellness Centre. In between, the MHL announced the sale of the Crushers to Scott Burden and Bruce Ryan. (Goodwin photo)