The Toronto Ducks have completed a sale and the club will now be known as the Toronto Nomads, it has been announced today.
Hazel Dell, a former Ducks player from 1991-2001, who was inducted into the Bull League Hall of Fame in 2009, has owned the team since his retirement, but recently completed a sale to a Mississauga-based consultancy, with Tom “Razor” Blade as the new club president.
From 1995 until 2016 the Ducks held a 774-996 (.437) record with three playoff appearances. The new ownership hopes to reverse the losing trend and bring the team back to the playoffs with winning seasons. Toronto will have their work cut out for them in the Lake League’s East Division, where the 2016 Bull Cup Champs, the Ohio Oxen, and successive playoff contenders Chicago Pit Bulls are both situated.
The Nomads will roll out their new logo and uniforms by Under Armour for the St. Andrew’s Day exhibition match on Nov. 30 against the Jacksonville Ravens.
The Toronto Ducks first formed in 1989 in the former Central League, before the Bull League reorganized into the Lake League and American Eagle Leagues in 1991. The team won the Lake League West Division pennant in 1993, the last season played before the 1995 expansion and change to the long season (of at least 80 games) format.
Toronto is the second club established in 1989 to change their name. The Jacksonville Ravens were formed in 1989 as the Richmond Raiders, based in Richmond, Virginia. They kept the Raiders name for two years before becoming the Richmond Ravens, after moving to Richmond, California, in 1991.