September 4, 2013, Calgary, AB — The Western Hockey League announced today that the WHL Board of Governors have approved the transfer of ownership of the Saskatoon Blades from the Brodsky family to Mr. Mike Priestner and the Priestner Sports Corp.
The WHL Board of Governors voted unanimously in favour of the share purchase. It’s anticipated the sale will close later this week.
A former WHL goaltender, Mr. Priestner is the owner of Go Auto, an Edmonton based automotive company which owns over 30 dealerships in Western Canada.
“Given his highly successful career in the automotive industry, we are confident Mike Priestner is capable of meeting our expectations as the new owner of the Saskatoon Blades franchise,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “Mike is committed to doing whatever is necessary to maintain the storied tradition of the Blades in the Saskatoon community.”
The Brodsky family have owned the Saskatoon Blades franchise since 1976. The Blades are the longest standing WHL member club in the 48 year history of the League.
Further details will be announced at a media conference on Thursday afternoon, September 5th in Saskatoon at which time the new owner, Mike Priestner, as well as Jack Brodsky will be available to the media.