WHL happy with city's decision

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League president satisfied with multiplex commitment, overall response from governors positive

Not only did the Moose Jaw Warriors have good news for the Western Hockey League - they had answers.

Not only did the Moose Jaw Warriors have good news for the Western Hockey League - they had answers.
A day after Moose Jaw city council approved a $61M multiplex, Darin Chow, Moose Jaw Warriors president and governor brought the WHL's board of governors up to speed with the developments. After years of questions about a new facility and the solvency of the franchise, the league is pleased with the progress.
"The news that came out of Moose Jaw (Monday) helped our situation a lot," said Warriors general manager Chad Lang from the WHL's annual general meeting in Calgary.
"The response from the league and the member clubs was very positive. They were not only excited for the franchise, but the community moving forward."
WHL commissioner Ron Robison was unavailable for comment until the conclusion of today's meetings, but said in a statement Tuesday that the league was "very pleased to learn that Moose Jaw City Council has approved the construction of a new Multiplex facility.
"This will enable the Warriors franchise to remain in Moose Jaw and provide an arena which will serve the community and the Warriors hockey club for decades to come," added Robison. "Members of the Moose Jaw city council are to be congratulated on making this major capital commitment for the multiplex."
While progress had been slow, the fact that the recommendation from the Multiplex Steering Committee to council included a tight timeline to begin work also left a good impression on the membership at the AGM.
The Warriors are hoping that they can now look ahead and plan for the future after spending the off-season with some uncertainty.
"Probably the most difficult situation in the last two years was the recruiting of players and staff because of the uncertainty of what's going on," said Lang. "It was no different than the league with the players and staff looking for answers abut where the franchise is going. This makes our franchise very stable within our community."
They feel that stability will help them attract talent to the organization and run a first-class operation on and off the ice. Not only will a state-of-the-art facility allow them to offer their players the same facilities as other franchises, but it will also give the team a chance to deliver a better in-game experience for their fans.
"From an organization stand point we're extremely excited," said Lang. "It's been a long process. At the end of the day we're getting a facility that not only our organization can be proud of and our entire community can be proud of.
"It's an exciting time for our organization and it's an exciting time for the city of Moose Jaw."

Matthew Gourlie can be reached at 691-1257

Organizations: Western Hockey League, Moose Jaw city council, Multiplex Steering Committee AGM

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Calgary

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  • observer
    September 18, 2009 - 17:30

    WHL happy with city's decision

    That is good, we got them out of our hair for another season without putting a shovel in the ground.! LOL
    That was easy! LOL

  • larry
    September 18, 2009 - 16:53

    They should be happy, sure wish we could hear Sentes plan how the Warriors are going to pay over $320,000 in rent per year. He told everyone in chambers they had a plan.
    Should be good, being most season ticket holders I spoke with plan to pack it in.