The President of Kimberley’s Junior B hockey team says the goal of multi million dollar commitment to local hockey is to get more kids on the ice.
The Kimberley Dynamiters’ James Leroux says the organization is still flabergasted after Mike Gould pledged seven point five million dollars at the KIJHL game Friday.
Leroux says ultimately the goal in a small town is to get as many youth as possible involved in sports.
“As everyone knows, the costs for hockey have been escalating over the years and a lot of people are steered away from the idea of putting their children in it because it’s unaffordable.” says Leroux.
Leroux says they’ll be sitting down with Gould in the coming days.
“It’s overwhelming and it’s hard to wrap your mind around it [but] we just have to bring ourselves back down to reality.” says Leroux. “It’s all about sustainibility, this isn’t going to happen again and we have to make sure that this is going to benefit the Dynamiters and minor hockey for the next 20 to 25 years, maybe longer.”
Leroux says they want to respect Gould’s wishes of creating opportunties for local kids who can’t afford to play hockey and buying the Dynamiters their own bus.
– James Leroux, Kimberley Dynamiters president