EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a prepared statement from David Beauchamp, who was advised by the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League earlier today that he has been removed as owner of the Mattawa Blackhawks:
As of 1:12 p.m. this afternoon I, David Beauchamp was informed that I had been voted out of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League by the other members of the board at a confidential conference call and that a “new” franchise was awarded to a yet-to-be-named ownership group in Mattawa.
Besides the understandable anger right now, I am more disappointed in (NOJHL commissioner) Robert Mazzuca and his decision to do this. In all honestly I feel this has been the plan since last May.
I have worked tirelessly over the past 7 months, set up contacts, billets, community involvement, and staff. I also helped the league get into Powassan for the 2014-2015 season and assisted Robert Mazzuca in doing so.
Our team currently has all our bills set on terms or paid in Mattawa — YES we do owe some league fees, we had issues with a team-attempted purchase of a bus which caused us to have to spend $27,000 in transportation, in the month of September alone.
Regarding league fees, we paid a good faith payment of $7,000 to the NOJHL plus additional-owed trade money of over $10,000.
After working hard to bring in new players, Robert Mazzuca withheld them from the Hockey Canada Registration so fees could not be paid to the league with collecting player fees. This to me is a blatant infringement on my ability to operate as a business.
Further more I am disappointed in Mattawa Town Council’s decision to accept my ice bill payment early and without my knowledge change all the locks to the arena and office today — with ZERO eviction notice. This leads to even more disturbing questions on the leadership in Mattawa. I have yet to be contacted by any member of the township or council.
I literally lost everything I had last season while operating my NOJHL franchise in North Bay, Ontario. Now, the last thing I had is taken from me.
The only saving grace for me is that I know the players will be taken care of. I feel sorry for the 20-year olds that are going through this difficult time, Keep your heads up, you are a good team, you will pull through. I will miss the guys big time. I want to thank all the volunteers I worked with and people that donated their time to make this team a success.