Owners step down after seven years at the helm of Peterborough Phantoms
Peterborough Phantoms have announced that long-term club owners Jo and Dave Lane are to step down.
The pair have been at the helm of the ice hockey club since 2014, but have decided the time is right to step back to concentrate on their company DALROD, the Phantoms’ main club sponsors.
The Lanes will continue to sponsor the Phantoms and will also take on the roles of honorary chairpersons of the club, but new owners will be announced shortly.
A club statement read: “Jo and Dave took over the reins as owners of the Club back in 2014/15, when the club was far from its current state in terms of infrastructure and stature.
“Today sees the Phantoms run with full time back-room staff and has evolved into a 24/7 operation with significant corporate partners, a prominent and recognisable brand and a strong reputation as one of Peterborough’s most successful professional sports teams.
“Throughout Jo and Dave’s time as owners, the Phantoms have competed in numerous cup finals, including the treble winning season of 2018/19.
“The Lanes assisted with the assembly of a consistently strong roster, alongside one of the best coaches in British Ice Hockey, Slava Koulikov.
“Jo and Dave also took on the Peterborough Islanders, who later became Phantoms 2. This led to more joy and success for the Phantoms organisation, with Phantoms 2 also appearing in cup finals and winning trophies under the stewardship of Stevie Johnson.
“They achieved all of this whilst working tirelessly to continue to grow their own business, DALROD, which has been going from strength to strength in recent years.
“Jo and Dave have now decided that having brought the club to such a position, it feels like the right time to divert their time and focus to their own business interests within DALROD... it is right that DALROD now demands their primary focus.
“The club would like to extend its sincere thanks and appreciation to the Lane family for all of their drive, passion, commitment and leadership over the last seven years.”
The Lanes issued a statement that read: “The Phantoms have been a massive part of our lives over the past decade and also that of both of our children, Dan and Kim.
“It has been a rollercoaster of both fun and excitement and our success would not have been possible but for our coaches, backroom staff, our players, volunteers, and most of all, our loyal fans.
“Thank you to everyone. We have laid some strong foundations for ice hockey in Peterborough and are extremely excited to watch the club go even further over the next decade.”