A large crowd turned out to a public information session Monday night at the ENMAX Centre regarding the current status of the Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club.
A lot of information was provided in the one hour meeting and when it was all said and done, there wasn't one single question asked from the floor. Media spoke with President Doug Paisley after. You can listen to that below in its entirety. A summary of what was discussed is in point form below the interview.
Here is a synopsis on what was talked about and the information provided:
* Because this was not a shareholders meeting, no financial information was provided
* 75% of shareholders must vote "yes" in order for a motion to pass. This was referring to a future vote on selling the club
* At the last AGM, a motion was put forward asking that shareholders hold a vote on selling the hockey club to a private owner
* President Doug Paisley says WHL staff will be at the next Hurricanes shareholders meeting to answer questions
* Vice-President Reid Williams stated the Board is confident it's moving in the right direction under GM Peter Anholt
* Board calls Anholt "Breath of fresh air" for the hockey club
* In a statement, Anholt said he is focusing on the WHL Bantam Draft, the Import Draft, and then will turn his attention to hiring a Head Coach
* Anholt stated he's spoken a fair bit with highly-touted prospect Jordy Bellerive and his family and noted getting him to sign is "a work in progress".
* Crowd told total re-branding of the club a few seasons ago cost $70,000. $18,000 just for the new logo
* Hurricanes recent Celebrity Sports Dinner with Paul Coffey brought in $47,000.
* Local promoter Ron Sakamoto spoke as well and said: "this Board has accountability, transparency, and pride".
* Those in attendance were encouraged to buy a share. Crowd told the Canes are worth between $6 million & $7 million.
* This past season's attendance was an average 2982. That's the lowest attendance for the club in the last 15 seasons.
* Goal is to sell 2000 seasons tickets and have an average attendance of 3500 per game