Calvert, Sentes and Mullen re-elected to board
Despite not making the playoffs this past season, the Moose Jaw Warriors had a profitable year.
On Tuesday evening, the Warriors announced a healthy bottom line at their Annual General Meeting at the Heritage Inn.
The Warriors announced net earnings of $343,888 and have retained earnings of $1,267,588 at the end of the fiscal year.
“When we do our budget, we base it off 36 regular season games and for us to be profitable and to be that profitable, it has probably never been heard of in the Warriors world before. For us to have those games, I think it is a success for the building, the model of the Moose Jaw Warriors and going forward, hopefully it continues,” said Chad Taylor, president of the Warriors. “To be successful in this league, we need money and you need good people and we need to be profitable.”
The team did see a decrease of $50,758 in their net earnings due to the lack of playoff performance, but season tickets were up and the Booster Club produced a larger than normal amount, raising $398,255 over the season.
“From a hockey standpoint, we always strive to get into the playoffs every year because financially it is great, but the spirit is great,” said Taylor. “We were in the playoffs the year before and going into this year we knew we would be younger and had some roster spots to fill, but those can’t be filled over night. To do it the right way in the WHL, you have to develop.”
There were approximately 3,300 season tickets sold, up just a little from last season and the Warriors gate receipts totaled $1,717,263, up $66,028 from last season. That increase in season tickets also helped the Warriors reach a positive year.
“That is huge for the Warriors and without those (season ticket holders) we wouldn’t be where we are. I think we have a few challenges going into this year…not making the playoffs doesn’t always mean getting those consumers back, so we will fight for those,” stated Taylor. “With a good performance at gate maybe we will get some good walk up traffic and that’s the nice thing…even though we’ve had good season ticket sales, our walk ups are still strong. That’s awesome.”
There was also an election of directors that saw some familiar faces get voted on to the board. Bob Calvert, Larry Sentes and Mark Mullen were all re-elected for three-year terms. Bob Dougall and Joe Moffat were also seeking election onto the board.
“Everyone is back that was elected. I’d like to thank the two guys that ran, it shows that people care and want to be a part of the organization. It has been many years when it has been tough to get people to run, so it is a good testament. It is nice to have the guys back and we will continue as business,” stated Taylor.
In his President Report, Taylor spoke about how it wasn’t any easy year on the ice, but the team focused on the development of the players. The teams’ goal is to win a championship by doing it the right way. He also announced the Warriors will be getting a new video replay system put in for the season and that they are working with the game night staff to make game nights more enjoyable for the fans and to make the in-game experience better for those in attendance. There will also be acrylic glass going in to make it safer for players and fans.
Taylor also announced Warrior Hockey Camps beginning in August for kids to learn from the coaches and players.
The Warriors Education Fund is also healthy, after a successful alumni golf tournament and the fund has a balance of over $242,000.
The Warriors pledged $2.5-million towards Mosaic Place, making a $500,000 payment in 2009 and committing to paying the remainder over a 10 year period, beginning in the year the team moved into the facility. The team made their second installment of $200,000 in 2013 bringing their total pledge payment to $400,000.
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