The Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League is back in Elliot Lake without having really left it.
In a 5-1 vote on Monday, Elliot Lake City Council approved the creation of a non-profit NOJHL franchise effective the upcoming 2014-2015 season.
The vote was based on a proposal where the City of Elliot Lake will spend $100,000 on an NOJHL team and pay upfront operating costs.
According to the proposal, the money will be paid back to the City of Elliot Lake over a seven-to-eight year period through sponsorships and partnerships.
The team will be run by volunteers, who will hire a coach and general manager.
Elliot Lake Bobcats were part of the NOJHL for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons before owner Ryan Leonard received league approval to relocate to Cochrane for the 2014-2015 campaign.
The NOJHL will hold its Annual General Meeting in Sault Ste. Marie on the June 20 weekend.
with files from Rocco Frangione of 94.1 Moose-FM Radio