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RiverWolves take on new ownership and a new name


Story By Nathan Meihak
Local Sports Published 04/23/2021 7:24PM, Last Updated 04/23/2021 10:37PM
Wausau - Wausau's NA3HL franchise is now going back in time. The team is under a new ownership group and they're bringing back a familiar name. The team will be renamed the Wausau Cyclones; that's the same mascot the franchise took on in 1972.

That's when new owner, Brad Fehl's father, Walter, founded the team. For Brad, going back to their roots didn't require a second thought.

"BJ called me and said, 'I'm thinking about - we should buy the Wisconsin RiverWolves,'' said Fehl. "And the first thing out of his mouth was, 'They will be the Wausau Cyclones.' I've been asked weekly for the past 20 years, 'When are you bringing the Cyclones back?'. We're going to bring the Cyclones back and they are back!"

Not only are the new owners looking to bring back Wausau's glory days, they're also looking to build the game of hockey around the state.

"I think it's something that we don't even want to specifically do in the Wausau area, but there's tons of hockey around, whether it's Merrill, Tomahawk, Waupaca, or Rhinelander; areas all over the central Wisconsin region that could all use some help growing the game of hockey," said co-owner Corey Garrett. "Because, in our mind, every kid should be on skates." 

The NA3HL just wrapped up their season and the new ownership group is hoping that next season they can sell out their home rink once again.
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