Lee Pratt is responding to news of a tentative change in ownership for the local WHL franchise.Current President and GM Jeff Chynoweth announced Tuesday his family has entered an agreement to sell the team to Winnipeg investors.
Pratt says the applicants seem to be serious business men and thinks one of the first things they’ll do is kick off a major marketing campaign.
He suggests marketing has been non-existent for the ICE in recent years.
The Cranbrook Mayor says rumours, which may or may not have been true, went around about the current owners and he’s not sure if that was fair.
However, he says there’s been a lot of talk about how much support there is for the ICE in the community, so now is the time for residents and fans to come out show it.
Pratt admits he has not been in contact with the new applicants, but believes it will be a very viable venture for them.
Pratt is sure the two, a Winnipeg based entrepreneur and an executive with the Winnipeg Jets, have looked at the past success of the ICE organization and see a good opportunity here.
One of the investors reportedly plans to move his family to Cranbrook and it is expected the team will stay in the Key City.
The deal is still subject to approval of the WHL Board of Governors who will meet April 27th.
– Josh Hoffman
– Cranbrook Mayor Lee Pratt