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After almost 20 years of ownership, Russ Parker selling the Regina Pats. (CBC)

The Western Hockey League has approved the sale of the Regina Pats.

A local group called Queen City Sports and Entertainment is taking over from Russ and Diane Parker of Calgary, who have owned the team for 19 years.

The terms of the sale haven't been disclosed.

The new ownership group is headed by local businessman Anthony Marquart. He's taking over the franchise from Russ and Diane Parker, who have owned and operated the Pats franchise for the past 19 seasons. 

The other members of the Queen City Sports and Entertainment group includes Regina businessmen Todd Lumbard, Gavin Semple, Shaun Semple, and Jason Drummond. The sale is expected to become final on May 30.

The board of governors also approved the sale of the Prince George Cougars today. Rick Brodsky is selling to EDGEPRO Sports and Entertainment Ltd.

NHL players Dan Hamhuis and Eric Brewer, who both played junior hockey in Prince George, are part of the new Cougars ownership group.