Quesnel and Williams Lake have not been granted a team in the Kooteny International Junior B Hockey League but they’re not giving up.
Matt Kolle, the Vice President behind a group trying to get a team in Quesnel, says he’s note sure what the vote was but the 20 owners in the KIJHL denied their application during a special meeting in Castlegar on Sunday.
Despite the outcome, Kolle says there is and always was a plan B…
“We’ve actully planned knowing this was a potential outcome and its not the end of our bid for a junior b team, this potentially is just the start. I believe that this outcome and I think we’ve believed this the whole way through, we didn’t talk about it a lot, but it really does trigger another course of events to take place.”
Kolle says they are now going to give it some time for those potential things to take place and then go from there.
He says he still believes it is very possible that Quesnel will have a junior B hockey team as early as next year.
As for why the vote went the way it did, Kolle speculates that travel played a big part, especially for the Kootenay teams.