A local organization is calling a town hall meeting to encourage more support for the Kootenay ICE.
The club is averaging around 2,350 in attendance through six home games this season which are among the WHL’s lowest numbers.
The Green Bay Committee is aiming to sell 500 seasons tickets which will be a focal point of their meeting and campaign-launch at the meeting.
They’re calling on stakeholders, local politicians, executives from Tourism Cranbrook, the Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Association and other ICE supporters to attend.
The meeting is also meant to touch on a recent article from the Winnipeg Free Press which indicates rumors that the team’s owners are considering relocating to Manitoba.
WHL commissioner Rob Robison issued a statement regarding the ICE and their rumored departure from Cranbrook.
“The WHL is very pleased with the commitment Greg Fettes and his ownership group has made to Cranbrook and the Kootenay region since acquiring the ICE franchise in 2017.
The WHL is looking forward to the Kootenay ICE continuing to operate this season in Cranbrook.
The WHL Commissioner continues to monitor the situation in Kootenay very closely and reports to the Board of Governors as required on any new developments. The discussions which take place on WHL franchises are internal and will remain confidential. With respect to the Kootenay ICE franchise, there is nothing new to report at this time.”
The meeting happens at Cranbrook’s Heritage Inn Thursday at 6:00 pm.
– Files provided by Taylor Rocca, WHL Senior Manager, Communications