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Sunday, February 12, 2006

As first reported by The Hockey, the Ontario League's Windsor Spitfires have been sold to a group including Avalanche defenseman Bob Boughner and Coyotes scout Warren Rychel.

The move was made official at a press conference held this morning in Windsor.

"We are very excited to be on board as the new owners of the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club," said Boughner in a press release. "This is certainly a dream come true for all of us, given that our roots and history are in the great City of Windsor and we look forward to giving back hard work, expertise, character, but also to create a very high profile team for the community of Windsor."

The group will take over the team from unpopular owner Steve Riolo.

Boughner, 34, is from Windsor while Rychel, 38, is a native of nearby Tecumseh, Ont.

The Spitfires have had a controversy-filled season, starting with the September bus trip hazing incident that led to the suspension and eventually the firing of coach-GM Moe Mantha.

There was also a fight during practice between Steve Downie and rookie Akim Aliu that eventually saw both players traded.

Riolo and Mantha were both on the bus at the time of the hazing incident, and some observers felt Mantha took the fall when Riolo was equally at blame.

The Spitfires have rebounded after a slow start to sit in second place in the West Division.
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