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

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.

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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.