Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Quesnel Relocation to Chilliwack Far From A Sure Thing:

Meeting tomorrow could determine future of hockey in Chilliwack

By Tyler Olsen, Chilliwack Times

May 18, 2011

The group that hopes to bring the British Columbia Hockey League back to Prospera Centre is still negotiating with the league on the pending move of the Quesnel Millionaires.

The Chiefs Development Group, which owns Prospera Centre, has agreed to buy the struggling Millionaires from their owners. But moving the club is dependent on gaining league approval, something that has still not been resolved.

The BCHL's franchise committee met Monday to discuss the issue.

CDG consultant Glen Ringdal said the committee has "some very interesting ideas" about what the league would get out of the move.

Asked whether that means guarantees, Ringdal said, "No, as you can expect, everything comes down to money. So we don't know which way they're going to land at this point. You never know. It could be good, it could be bad."

Duncan Wray, who owns the Vernon Vipers and chairs the league's franchise committee, wouldn't comment on what the league hopes to get from a move. But he did tell the Times that he planned to meet with CDG principals Moray Keith and Jim Bond Thursday morning to try to come to an agreement.

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