Niagara Falls Canucks franchise sold to former NHL’er

Former NHL goalie and Niagara Falls resident Frank Pietrangelo has purchased the Niagara Falls Canucks from the Masterson family. The announcement was made Thursday afternoon at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls.

According to an article in the Niagara Falls Review, Pietrangelo purchased the team for a rumoured $180,000.

Pietrangelo said that while he wants his team to win, it won’t be the top priority of the organization.

“The most important thing here is developing hockey players, helping them to get to the next level, helping them to become better people and athletes and helping them to get something out of the game,” Pietrangelo told the Review.

Pietrangelo, who in addition to owning the team will also be the head coach, also wants to improve relations with the Chippawa Riverhawks junior C hockey club.

Pietrangelo also announced that the Canucks rookie skate will be at the Gale Centre on Sunday, June 15 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Registration will take place on the Niagara Falls Canucks website at More information can be obtained by emailing

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