January 30, 2019

Cranbrook, BC (January 30, 2019) –  The City of Cranbrook is disappointed to hear that the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club has decided to leave the community, as indicated in the announcement by the team ownership group Tuesday.

The City is proud of its residents and the business community for getting behind and supporting the Kootenay ICE during the franchises’ 20-year history in Cranbrook.  The Kootenay ICE provided many memorable moments for its fans here in Cranbrook. However, Cranbrook will continue to be a strong hockey town and will find other ways to continue to provide hockey excitement in our community.

There will be various business and financial details that the City will work through during the remainder of the season. The City is looking at opening discussions with the Kootenay ICE management on behalf of taxpayers. The City will take the opportunity to reflect and look forward in order to plan for the future, taking time to fully explore opportunities which will work best for the community.

Until further information on the details are confirmed, the City of Cranbrook will not be providing further statements.

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