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Posted: July 15th, 2013

Here are the highlights from a busy day of news from the Erie Otters …

* Lease talks: GM Sherry Bassin said he and Casey Wells, executive director of the Erie County Convention Center Authority, initiated today on a new lease agreement. Wells suggested a 2-year or 3-year extension of the current deal, which has 1 year left. Wells will work on the framework of a new deal before he meets with Bassin again.
“The terms and conditions will start with our existing framework and go from there,” Wells said.
* Otters’ future: Bassin continues receiving inquiries about selling the franchise. But a new lease would mean a new owner (or owners) would have the lease as part of a sale agreement. Bassin said only one prospective buyer has spoken about the idea of moving the franchise, “but I don’t know how serious they are.” The others, he said, haven’t “said automatically that they want to move (the franchise).”
* Burakovsky coming to Erie?: Bassin had encouraging talks with CHL 1st-round pick Andre Burakovsky and Washington Capitals officials last week during the NHL club’s development camp in Arlington, Va. Bassin said Capitals officials want Burakovsky in Erie this coming season. Burakovsky didn’t come out and say that, but Bassin felt confident after meeting with him. Bassin also has heard that Burakovsky has said to Capitals officials that he would be open to playing in Erie. Bassin doesn’t have a timetable as to when a deal will be finalized.
* Prospect signings: The club officially signed D prospects Travis Dermottand Jesse Saban, and is close to signing D Cole Mayo. Dermott was a ninth-round pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection who was being recruited by major NCAA Division I schools. Saban and Mayo were second-round and third-round picks in 2013. … In other news, Bassin said he expects to hire a goaltending coach in the next week or so.

Posted: May 15th, 2013

Sherry Bassin continues to deny reports of the Erie Otters’ impending move to Ontario. First, it was Hamilton. Now it’s the Chatham-Kent region.
“Absolutely no truth to it,” Bassin, the OHL club’s managing partner and general manager, said in response to a Chatham-Kent Sports Network report Tuesday stating that a deal has been reached to sell the franchise to a “prominent local businessman.”
Bassin previously has denied reports of the franchise’s potential move to Hamilton, including a report that he has spoken with Michael Andlauer, owner of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, about purchasing the Otters. “Everytime I turn around, I’m going to five different places,” Bassin said.
According to the Chatham-Kent Sports Network report, an announcement regarding the Otters likely would be made following the Memorial Cup, the CHL’s annual championship tournament, which begins Friday and runs through May 26 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Bassin said he continues to receive inquiries about the Otters. “That’s it,” Bassin said, referring to not moving any closer to selling the franchise. Bassin said franchises can’t be sold and moved without approval from the OHL through a lengthy league-mandated process. “The process is so complicated. It’s so involved,” he said.
David Branch, OHL commissioner and CHL president, wasn’t immediately available for comment Wednesday, since he was traveling to Saskatoon.
Bassin, who moved the franchise to Erie from Niagara Falls, Ontario, in 1996, has one year left on a two-year lease agreement with the Erie County Convention Center Authority, which operates Erie Insurance Arena. The Otters are set to play the 2013-14 season in a newly renovated arena.
Chatham-Kent Sports Network reported that a recent meeting between the Otters and “the organization that operates their arena” to work on a new lease had been canceled twice in the span of a week. Bassin said he has had no meetings scheduled with the ECCCA. “We’ll look at that. We’ll see how things go,” Bassin said of pursuing a lease beyond next season, referring to waiting to evaluate the final arena renovations and community response toward the team next season. Casey Wells, ECCCA executive director, didn’t immediately respond to a telephone message Wednesday.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: April 6th, 2012

Sherry Bassin expected to make the Erie Otters’ two-year Tullio Arena lease extension official Friday.
Bassin, Otters managing partner and general manager, said Friday he planned to sign the paperwork that night and present it to Casey Wells, the Erie County Convention Center Authority’s executive director. On March 19, Bassin announced they had reached an agreement in principle that would keep the OHL franchise in Erie through the 2013-14 season. The current three-year lease expires at the end of June.
“There’s no dramatic moment because I believe it was going to be done anyway,” Bassin said Friday at the Bayfront Convention Center, where he introduced center Connor McDavid as the No. 1 pick in today’s OHL Priority Selection.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 7th, 2012

Sherry Bassin has done more than search for available goaltenders this week.

Bassin, Erie Otters managing partner and general manager, confirmed Wednesday he has moved closer to finalizing a new multi-year Tullio Arena lease with the Erie County Convention Center Authority.

Bassin said he agreed in principle on certain aspects of a deal with Casey Wells, the Convention Center Authority’s executive director, during a meeting Tuesday. The lease will be for at least two years, Bassin said. Bassin said he hopes to have the complete lease done in principle in the next two weeks.

“I’d like to think we’re real close,” Bassin said. Wells wasn’t immediately available for comment.

- Victor Fernandes


Posted: September 27th, 2010

The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team and Erie Otters will play three day-night doubleheaders at Tullio Arena this season. The games are a lead-in to the NCAA Women’s Division I Frozen Four, set for March 18-20 at the downtown arena, Lakers coach Michael Sisti said Monday.

The Lakers have moved three games – Nov. 27 against Colgate and a two-game series with Brown on Jan. 14-15 – from Mercyhurst Ice Center to Tullio Arena. All three games are scheduled for 2 p.m. starts, said Casey Wells, Erie County Convention Center Authority executive director.

The Otters have home games against Kitchener on Nov. 27, Barrie on Jan. 14 and London on Jan. 15. All three games begin at 7 p.m.

“(The Tullio staff will have) extra people with locker rooms and things to juggle,” Sisti said. “It’s a nice trial run for everyone to get used to things and to smooth out anything as they get closer to hosting the (Frozen) Four.”

- Victor Fernandes

Otters-Lakers doubleheader schedule

at Tullio Arena

Nov. 27

Colgate at Mercyhurst, 2 p.m.

Kitchener at Erie, 7 p.m.

Jan. 14

Brown at Mercyhurst, 2 p.m.

Barrie at Erie, 7 p.m.

Jan. 15

Brown at Mercyhurst, 2 p.m.

London at Erie, 7 p.m.