Team ownership change
Toronto FlyersJuly 27th, 2023 at 12:13PM July 27th, 2023 5:18PM
The Toronto Flyers Junior “A” Hockey Club of the GMHL has announced that the club will now be under the ownership of Paul Di Risio and his wife Melissa Hull. Di Risio currently owns Lunasun Homes contracting in Oakville. Di Risio has an extensive love for the game of hockey. He has been involved in various roles in minor hockey since 2012 as an assistant coach and team manager. Hull also comes from a hockey family as her brother played at high levels of minor hockey and her father was a coach, manager and convener. “I have always had a strong passion for hockey and after enjoying a season as a spectator I knew I wanted to be part of this league,” said Di Risio. “I am extremely excited to start this new adventure. I can’t wait to see all the players develop and move on to higher levels of hockey and win a Russell Cup or two along the way.” With this change, new ownership plans to run the team as a professional hockey team. The organization will implement workout facilities, gym training, in-house skate-sharpening, nutrition programs, mental health support, and more. The Flyers will also have a new coaching staff, with former professional hockey players and experienced coaches. The club plans to have a training staff, video coaches and equipment staff. All Flyers games will also be broadcasted live on GMHL TV. The team has also made changes to their home arena at Paramount Ice, Thornhill. The home ice arena will be painted orange, white, and black to match the team's colours. The Flyers logo will be featured at center ice. The Flyers are also getting a brand new changeroom as part of the arena renovation. In their new changeroom, players will have their own stalls along with private showers and a washroom. The changes are a big win for the players as well as the organization. With the players being a part of the Toronto Flyers professional organization, and how it is run, this will prepare them for future endeavors as professional athletes and in life.