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Spitfires will not be sold after all

The Windsor Spitfires are saying they are not being sold.

The team issued a statement Thursday afternoon to provide an update on reports that a Toronto-area based dentist had expressed interest in purchasing the OHL team. But the team is saying that despite interest from a variety of suitors, things will not change.

“After much thoughtful discussion with several potential buyers, we have concluded that it is in the best interest of the Spitfires for ownership to remain within the existing group,” said the team in the media release.

Cypher Systems Group, which has held the majority ownership of the Spitfires for a few years, will continue in its role by holding not just a “controlling interest” in the team, but also a participatory one.

General Manager Warren Rychel and current San Jose Sharks Assistant Coach Bob Boughner are part of the minority ownership in the team.

Last month, the Spitfires confirmed that there were talks to put the team on the block, with Dr. Azim Parekh, CEO and founder of Smiles First Corporation, named as the primary candidate. It is not known if an offer was ever made or how the talks eventually broke down.

Team officials said it they are pressing on with offseason tasks and they say fans will be pleased when players are invited to training camp at the end of August.

“Our team has an incredibly strong player lineup, which will see a few changes to round out of the roster and deliver the hockey experience our fans deserve,” the team said. “Additionally, we will be adding and improving elements within the arena to elevate the overall fan experience.”