Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis is set to become part-owner of Western Hockey League’s Prince George Cougars.
A group led by local businessman Greg Pocock, along with Hamhuis and Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Eric Brewer, have reached a deal in principle to purchase the team from current owner Rick Brodsky.
The price is undisclosed, and the deal still awaits league approval. The official confirmation of the sale will occur April 30, upon approval from the WHL Board of Governors.
The sale price is believed to be between $7-$8 million, according to a earlier report in the Medicine Hat News.
“I’ve got a real close attachment with Prince George because I played junior there,” Hamhuis told the Prince George Citizen. “It’s also a place personally that means a lot to me, meeting my wife (Sarah) there, getting married, having our first kid. We still go back every summer for our charity golf tournament and from being up north (Smithers) there are just a lot of close personal ties.”
Hamhuis played four seasons with the Cougars between 1998 and 2002.