Monday, May 9, 2011

Mills Officially Done, Will Either Play in Chilliwack or not at all in 2011-12:

For the first time, we're hearing something official today (other than in the media) from the Quesnel Millionaires regarding their financial situation.

Here's the release from the Mills website:

The Quesnel Millionaires would like to announce that they have received a written offer from Chilliwack to purchase their franchise and relocate to Chilliwack. Acceptance of this offer is subject to approval by the British Columbia Hockey League Governors. If this offer is not accepted by the League, the Millionaires will voluntarily withdraw from the British Columbia Hockey League.

The move to Chilliwack will be very positive for our players. They will have the opportunity to play in a beautiful building with a first class organization.

The ownership group of the Quesnel Millionaires is very saddened to have to take this step. However, the severe financial losses the group has sustained over the last two years combined with the lack of a firm date for the new multicentre has made this decision necessary.

The Quesnel Millionaires would like to thank all their volunteers, the billet families, their corporate sponsors, fans and the media for their support. We would also like to thank all the people who have worked tirelessly to keep the Millionaires in Quesnel throughout the years as well as the City of Quesnel and their staff.

All paid purchases for the 2011-12 season will be refunded.

It's a sad state of affairs for everyone involved in the organization in Quesnel and you have to wonder how the situation reverberates through all the small markets in the BCHL.

Here in Merritt, people need to realize what has happened in the Cariboo in a market LARGER than ours and now they no longer have a BCHL team. It could happen in Merritt too, so there's no better time to get off your keister and buy a season ticket, billet a player or volunteer some time on game nights, with the Booster Club or as a Board Member.

This is not a fait accompli just yet, as BCHL Governors need to approve the purchase of the Millionaires by the group from Chilliwack for the move to be made. What is certain is that either the Quesnel Millionaires franchise is playing out of Prospera Centre as the Chilliwack Chiefs in 2011-12 or its not playing at all.

So, I can take an educated guess as to how the BCHL will look in 2011-12 as it refers to the Conferences.

Scenario #1 (BCHL Governors vote down sale of the Mills, franchise withdraws from the league and folds):

Coastal Conference
Alberni Valley
Coquitlam
Cowichan Valley
Langley
Nanaimo
Powell River
Surrey
Victoria

Interior Conference
Merritt
Penticton
Prince George
Salmon Arm
Vernon
Trail
Westside

Scenario #2 (BCHL Governors rubber stamp sale of the Mills, franchise moves to Chilliwack and joins the Interior Conference - where the Chiefs played previously from 1990-94):

Coastal Conference
Alberni Valley
Coquitlam
Cowichan Valley
Langley
Nanaimo
Powell River
Surrey
Victoria

Interior Conference
Chilliwack
Merritt
Penticton
Prince George
Salmon Arm
Vernon
Trail
Westside

Scenario #3 (BCHL Governors rubber stamp sale of the Mills, franchise moves to Chilliwack and joins the Coastal Conference - where the Chiefs played previously from 1994-2006):

Coastal Conference
Alberni Valley
Chilliwack
Coquitlam
Cowichan Valley
Langley
Nanaimo
Powell River
Surrey
Victoria

Interior Conference
Merritt
Penticton
Prince George
Salmon Arm
Vernon
Trail
Westside

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