KIJHL turns down expansion to Quesnel

By Earl Seitz
January 15, 2018 - 4:38pm Updated: January 16, 2018 - 6:52am

KAMLOOPS — For the second time in the last year the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has turned down expansion to Quesnel.

According to Matt Kolle, a spokesman for the Parallel Sports Group, which is behind the expansion bid, the vote was 16-3 against.

Kolle says in an email to cfjctoday.com "The feeling I got in the meetings was that the KIJHL governors do believe KIJHL hockey will eventuall operate in Quesnel and Williams Lake."

Kolle says he believes the first step was taken  when 100 Mile House was granted a franchise.

The Kamloops Storm are playing six of their home games in Quesnel this season.

They've played four so far, with crowds ranging from 532 to 1100 in the new West Fraser Centre, which has seating for 1300.

Kolle says as far as junior hockey in Quesnel is concerned "we aren't done."

He says the group will spend the next few weeks to re-evaluate options and decide on how to proceed.

The Kamloops Storm are scheduled to play two more of their home games in Quesnel February 9 and 10.

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