The Fernie Ghostriders just announced that their Annual General Meeting will be on May 17th at 7:00 in the Fernie Community Centre.
At the AGM any interested fans can come out and see how the team did off the ice last season... a little hint... it wasn’t very good.
The Ghostriders are a community owned team, that means at the AGM they will have to tell you how much they lost last season, it was around $60,000. But it may be more... there are still some bills to pay.
If you haven’t guessed it already, the Riders are near the edge of the financial cliff and if they don’t get some help and especially if the Fernie arena isn’t open for next season, they will be pushed off the edge.
The team also needs billet families advertisers and some more volunteers to help out on game-days.
At the AGM there will be an election of officers. President, vice president, secretary, treasurer and a board of directors.
If you are interested in hearing about the health of the team all you have to do is show up and listen. If you want to vote on or run for any of the positions you will need a membership and they will be sold at the door for $20.00.
You do not need a membership to attend the meeting, you can come out and just listen.
Round’ The League
The Ghostriders ( Jeff Wagner ) were not the only team to make changes, here is what we know so far.
The Columbia Valley Rockies President Graeme Anderson and his wife Noelene will not be back next season.
Graeme Anderson ran the junior hockey team for six years with his wife Noelene who handles marketing and social media. I’m told they turned the team around financially so their departure will hurt the Rockies. Full story here
The Golden Rockets and Jason Stephens have parted ways and the Rockets have hired Jeremy Blumes as their new head coach and general manager. Full story on Blumes here
In Kamloops longtime head coach Ed Patterson says he will not be back next season. No reason was given and so far we have not heard if owner and GM Barry Dewar has hired anyone else for the job.
In Spokane the Braves announced that Head Coach, Gary Redding, and General Manager/Assistant Coach, Nick Redding, will be moving on for the 2018-2019 season. Head Coach Gary Redding has accepted a head coaching position with the Coeur d'Alene Hockey Academy of the CSSHL and Nick Redding has accepted a position with the WHL Seattle Thunderbirds as Hockey Operations Coordinator.
Nice to see these two get a chance at another level.
Spokane then announced that Mike Bay will be back coaching the team next season.
And finally the big shock in the KIJHL was in Osoyoos where Ken Law was fired, or not re-signed, Im not sure. Law has been there for the last 8 seasons. Read that here
The Coyotes have been one of the premier franchises (won the KIJHL championship in 2011) and were always in the mix for first place since rejoining the KIJHL after winning a Championship in 2005 with owner Barry Dewar (who then moved the Storm to Kamloops). Osoyoos took a 4 year absence after that then Randy Bedard brought the Coyotes to Osoyoos.
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