The former owner of the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League is poised to take control of the Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
Pending completion of all paperwork and the necessary approval of NOJHL governors, Mark Burgess will assume the ownership of the Rayside Balfour franchise at the end of the current season, Hockey News North has confirmed.
The NOJHL has operated the Rayside Balfour franchise since before the start of the 2018-2019 season when it took control of the team from previous owner Adrian Gedye.
As for Burgess, he has a long association with junior hockey in the Sudbury area as a passionate individual with a genuine love for the game.
Led by Mark’s late dad, Ken, the Burgess family purchased the OHL Wolves in 1986. Following his dad’s death, Mark took over leadership of the OHL Wolves in 1998 and the family carried on 30 years of ownership until it sold the franchise to Dario Zulich in 2016.
Burgess and his family also owned and operated the erstwhile Sudbury Jr. Wolves of the NOJHL for several years as well as sponsoring Burgess Power Train bantam and midget teams within the Sudbury Minor Hockey Association.
The family is also well known for its generosity in financially supporting many community projects in Sudbury as the owners of long-time local business, Burgess Power Train.
Since selling the OHL Wolves three years ago, Mark Burgess has made no secret of his desire to get back into junior hockey as an owner.