After the Polar Palace Arena in Lapeer was not able to annouce its new owner of the Lapeer Loggers hockey team at the close of business on Monday, Jan. 3, the AAHL issued the following statement:
The All American Hockey League (AAHL) announce today that due to mounting debt the AAHL is forced to step in and seize control of the Lapeer Loggers Franchise.
The AAHL is in negotiations with the Lapeer Polar Palace management to allow the Lapeer Loggers to continue operations during the ownership selection process for this franchise.
The Lapeer Loggers next home date will be Friday, January 7th at 7:30 pm versus the newly revived Chi-Town Shooters and the current AAHL wins record holder coach Darren Seid.
The AAHL would like to apologize for the abrupt cancellation of the Sunday, January 2nd game against the Battle Creek Revolution, game will be rescheduled to a future date. Tickets purchased for the January 2nd contest will be honoured on the rescheduled date.
For more information please contact the All American Hockey League at
Loggers to get new owner
AAHL Commissioner Rod Davidson and Polar Palace of Lapeer General Manager Janet Mann confirmed today, Jan. 2 that a new owner for the Lapeer Loggers hockey team is expected to be announced Monday, Jan. 3. Loggers’ coach Lorne Knauft resigned Dec. 30 after the ownership group walked away from the team.
Loggers lose coach, ownership
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LAPEER — Lorne Knauft confirmed today, Dec. 31, that he has resigned as coach of the Lapeer Loggers, members of the All American Hockey League.
"Seems like the owners and the league have taken no financial responsibility for this organization," Knauft said. "They are behind in payments to just about everyone involved including myself. I believe they may not even have workers comp or insurance if a player were to get hurt. At that point, I felt I could be held responsible for any player who got hurt and believe it in my best interest that I step down at this point."
Knauft added, "It’s not a direct reflection on myself or the Polar Palace and that’s who it’s going to hurt the most. My understanding is that the team is folding, but they still wanted us to play this weekend. For 30 days I have heard there is an investor coming in, but at this point you have to decide to keep hanging on that those things are going to happen or draw a line in the sand and say ‘I’ve had enough’. I drew the line."
Knauft said he had heard that the team was trying to cobble together enough players for tonight’s game at Battle Creek, but couldn’t say at this point if that is true or not.
"I actually think we had the best team on and off the ice. I find it really disheartening," Knauft continued. "It just sucks for the hockey community and fans in general who had supported the players and the team. We had the best attendance in the league and there is no way we should be in this situation at this point."
"The League is prepared to step in and run things," said AAHL Commissioner Rod Davidson late Friday. "The ownership group more or less has stepped away. As league commissioner, I’m having a hard time getting answers, so we have taken over more or less and are working with the arena in Lapeer to keep the team running."
Davidson said that 14 players and two goalies are in Battle Creek for the New Year’s Eve game, and hopes they can keep that core together for Sunday’s home game at the Polar Palace. He added things are still being worked on to make Sunday’s game a possibility.