QMJHL's Lewiston Maineiacs fold, will relocate to Sherbrooke for 2012-13 season

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The Lewiston Maineiacs Quebec League franchise is no more.

QMJHL owners held a vote Tuesday that was in favor of allowing the team to fold this season and return as an expansion team in Sherbrooke, Que., for the 2012-13 season.

The league reportedly will pay Maineiacs ownership $3.5 million for the franchise, which it picked up from a new ownership group looking to put the team back in Quebec, in the form of an expansion fee. That group is led by former NHL netminder, Jocelyn Thibault.

The Thibault group didn’t feel as though there was enough time to relocate for next season, so the Maineiacs were dissolved and a dispersal draft for its players will take place. The Sherbooke team will return to the league as an expansion team.

The Maineiacs were relocated from Sherbrooke to Lewiston in 2003.

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