WALLACEBURG – The Wallaceburg Lakers are looking at moving their Provincial Junior Hockey League franchise to Tilbury.
A couple of Stobbs Division team officials have confirmed the Lakers expressed their intention to do so at a division meeting Sunday.
Head coach and co-owner Ken Shine and co-owner Jim McCrea told the Wallaceburg Courier Press they will talk with the newspaper later this week.
The Lakers have been in existence since 1972, just taking one season off since then in the early 1990s.
They won their one league championship in the 1998-99 season in the Great Lakes Junior ‘C’ Hockey League under head coach Mark Davis.
While he cautioned the relocation isn’t final and a few steps are necessary for it to go forward, Davis said it’s not good if the Lakers move.
Davis grew up in Port Lambton and played for the Lakers. He served three stints as their head coach.
“I wish they would stay,” said Davis, who now coaches the Mooretown Flags. “I had some good times there, and we had some good teams there and it’s sad if they ever leave the community, that’s for sure.”
Davis said the future looks bright for the Lakers because Wallaceburg has a strong midget team and has some talent coming up the pipeline.
“Their future looks a bit better, (especially) if they recruited a bit better,” Davis said.
The Lakers have struggled on and off the ice the past few years. They haven’t made the playoff for eight consecutive years.
The Lakers had a 1-37-2 record this season while averaging 159 fans per game.
They averaged 211 last season and 267 in 2016-17. During the 2009-2010 season, the Lakers averaged 514 fans per game.