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Junior A Crushers staying – for now

WESTVILLE ROAD – Putting to rest rumours – at least for now – that the Junior A Crushers might be moving elsewhere, team president Wade Sullivan confirmed the Crushers will be in Pictou County next season.

After that, however, no promises can be made.

“We’re going year-by-year right now,” Sullivan said on Thursday, a couple of days after the Pictou County Wellness Centre decided to renew the team’s contract with the facility.

“I can’t lie – things aren’t rosy (financially) – but we will be here next year. We are moving ahead, status quo.”

The Crushers have been in Pictou County since 2004.

Sullivan said he was approached during the season by someone who was possibly interested in purchasing the team, once rumours had started to surface that the Weeks organization were thinking about cutting their losses and selling the team.

Other than that, he stated that the Weeks organization have not sought out potential buyers.

“There’s all kinds of rumours out there, but we have never looked to find a buyer.”

He also said that head coach Doug Doull is expected to return for a fourth year behind the Crushers bench next September.

“Doug has never given any inkling that he doesn’t want to be back, nor do we have any plans to part ways with him.”

While Sullivan has heard some concerns about the $12 game day ticket price for adults, he said that is in the middle of the pack in terms of ticket pricing across the Maritime Hockey League. “Some are less, some are more.”

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