Gen­er­als haven’t con­sid­ered name change

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports | Classified - MIKE SHUL­MAN

OSHAWA, ONT. — Oshawa Gen­er­als team pres­i­dent and gov­er­nor Rocco Tul­lio says the five-time Memo­rial Cup-win­ning club hasn’t ex­plored the pos­si­bil­ity of chang­ing its name now that Gen­eral Mo­tors plans to leave the city.

The Gen­er­als are named af­ter the au­tomak­ing gi­ant, with GM be­ing their orig­i­nal spon­sor when they joined the On­tario Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion in 1937.

Af­ter the an­nounce­ment ear­lier this week that GM would be shut­ter­ing its plant and lay­ing off its 2,500 work­ers by the end of 2019 there were calls on so­cial me­dia for the team to change its name.

“We’re steeped in his­tory here. We’ve been around for over 80 years. We’ve had the likes of Bobby Orr,” said Tul­lio.

“... I un­der­stand it and, trust me, when it hits close to home like that, peo­ple are an­gry, right, and they want to lash out and I get it, but as an or­ga­ni­za­tion, we haven’t even con­sid­ered it at this point in time.”

Tul­lio — whose home­town of Wind­sor, Ont., saw its GM trim and trans­mis­sion plants close in 2008 and 2010 re­spec­tively — called Mon­day’s news “dis­ap­point­ing.” And he said the team, along with the league, is look­ing into ways to reach out to those af­fected by the lay­offs.

“This isn’t about hockey at this stage of the game, it’s about sup­port­ing th­ese fam­i­lies in our com­mu­nity,” he said.

Oshawa had no team be­tween ’53 and ’62 af­ter its for­mer home, Ham­bly’s Arena, burned down. Be­sides the crest on its jersey, the club has few re­main­ing ties to GM in 2018.

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