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CHL sold to team owners

Quad City to remain under OCM Holdings ownership

The Central Hockey League said today it had been sold to Central Partners LLC, a collection of the league's franchise owners.

Wichita Thunder co-owner Rodney Steven II has been named the interim chairman of Central Partners, the Glendale, Ariz.-based league said in a statement.

“The owners of the CHL’s clubs are proud to stand arm-in-arm as we move the League forward,” Steven said in the statement. “The passion and vision of this group will help our League grow and will help the CHL earn the status of one of the top sports leagues in North America.”

Additionally, the legaue said the Quad City Mallards will remain under the ownership of QCM Holdings Inc., with Jordan Melville and Rick Kozuback as directors.

The CHL has 10 teams for the season beginning in October, including expansion franchises in Brampton, Ontario, and St. Charles, Mo.

“This positive step is meant to put the CHL on its best foot forward as the owners’ common goal is one of competition on the ice, but full team support off the ice," said Duane Lewis, the CHL's commissioner, in the statement. "For the fans of the CHL, the transition is a seamless one, as they will see renewed rivalries, and new rivalries emerge, and a tremendous sense of pride as the teams take to the ice and their communities for the upcoming season and beyond.”

Central Partners said it thanked the league's former owners, the Western Professional Hockey League Inc., for their work during the last 20 years in moving the league forward and for their efforts in making the transition to Central Partners successful.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at