Diesels get back on track

The Schreiber Diesels—just days ago the Superior International Junior Hockey League’s front-page riches-to-rags story—have been purchased by a new ownership group and will operate as normal for the rest of the season.
The SIJHL spent much of last week scrambling to amend its schedule and reconsider current season points totals after former Diesels’ owner Bill MacLaurin had announced the team would fold after flagging support.
Now a group headed by Tom Quinton and Mario Veneziano has purchased the team.
“Its tremendous news in both regards,” said SIJHL chairman Ron Whitehead.
“One in that the league, of course, does not want to lose any of its members, and secondly to have some local ownership speaks well for the longevity of the situation,” he added.
The Fort Frances Jr. Sabres were to play their first game of 2008 in Schreiber on Friday, Jan. 4.
But while Whitehead insisted very little will change, three Diesels’ games, including the one against the Sabres, will be postponed “to give [the new ownership group] time to get their act together and get organized.”
It’s hoped that game will be made up sometime during the rest of the regular season.
Schreiber’s first game to follow the sale will be Friday, Jan. 11 when they host the Marathon Renegades.
The Sabres next play a two-game series against the Bulldogs on Jan. 5-6 in Thunder Bay.