AJHL Approves Mustangs Relocation

It’s official, the Mustangs are no more, as the Alberta Junior Hockey League announced on Wednesday (October 21) that the franchise is under new ownership and will relocate to Blackfalds, Alta. for the 2020-2021 season.

With the Calgary Mustangs forced to sit out the 2019-2020 season, it was only a matter of time before an announcement like this was made. While Blackfalds, Alberta might not be the first town on fans minds when thinking about AJHL relocation, a passionate new owner and a commitment to a multi-million dollar arena expansion were two significant factors that lead to the decision.

New owner, Doug Quinn, is no stranger to the hockey world. He has coached the Midget AAA Optimist Chiefs for almost a decade, capturing five Alberta Championships, three Pacific Championships and two Telus Cup National Championships. AJHL Commissioner, Ryan Bartoshyk, expressed his excitement in a league interview on Wednesday.

“The AJHL is enthused about the opportunity to bring a team into a new Alberta community and add another first-class facility to the league,” explained Bartoshyk.

“We are confident that Mr. Quinn and the Town of Blackfalds will provide a successful new home for the Alberta Junior Hockey League. I would also like to recognize the significant commitment and contributions of the Calgary Mustangs and thank the organization for their efforts in securing the future of the franchise in Blackfalds.” (READ FULL INTERVIEW)

The Town of Blackfalds is committed to a project that includes ‘twinning’ the current Blackfalds Multi-Plex arena, at a cost of approximately $20,000,000.