Thursday, May 20, 2010

Confrimed: Bill Yuill be new Texas Tornado owner

Yesterday the Texas Tornado has announced a news conference regarding the team's new ownership.

Today the name will by Bill Yuill who's coming from the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League that will be announced at a news conference that will be set for 10:00 AM tomorrow morning at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco to announce the ownership deal along with Texas Tornado Head Coach/GM Tony Curtale and Dallas Stars President.

In addition to the ownership announcement, a tip from an unidentified source has also released the details what all will happen tomorrow in Frisco. In addition to the ownership announcement, the following will happen tomorrow.

Bill Yuill Profile form the Everett Silvertips Website

Texas Tornado Website:
  • Bill Yuill is the head of the group called Sports Holdings USA which also runs the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League (WHL)
  • Yuill and Sports Holdings USA will also announce a new lease that will keep the team playing at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco for the long term. Terms and the length were not disclosed. They schedule to sign it to make it official at the press conference
  • The following people will also be at the Press Conference.
  • New Owner Bill Yuill
  • Gary Gelinas, who is the exc. vice president of Consolidated Sports Holdings USA. He will oversee the business operations of the Texas Tornado.
  • Tony Curtale, Head Coach and GM of the Texas Tornado
  • Jeff Cogen, President of the Dallas Stars.
  • After the morning Press Conference, they will be a Tornado Townhall to discuss the changes more indepth and take some questions from fans and media as well.

Bill Yuill has been a part of the Evertt Silvertips since the very beginning of the team back in 2003. The Silvertips have had a ton of success throughout the team's history which included being one of the top expansion teams in major junior history. Hopefully this will mean that Yuill can help bring the success that the Silvertips that the Tornado have been lacking the last few years.

Not only on the ice, but off the ice as which included getting fans back after the Tornado only averaged about 1620 fans per game. Opposed to the Championship years of 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 when they were at or near the top by averaging about 3500 fans per game in the league. With game capacity at just under 6,000 since the arena reneventions in 2008-09, they hoping to bring in some of the best and best fans in the NAHL.

In addition to the Fans, the strong 2nd half of the season will hopefully help him out as the team with players like Jack Prince, James Howard and Eric Ware where only one player has officially committed to play NCAA Hockey and that was goalie Dan Sullivan who committed to the University of Maine just after the season ended.

Hopefully the strong ending to the season will help them out as they were able to overtake Springfield for 3rd and nearly upset St. Louis in the Division Semifinals as the Bandits made the NAHL Robertson Cup for the 4th straight year, before finishing 4th in the Round Robin and fell short of a shot of a 4th straight NAHL Robertson Cup Championship.

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