Coldstream backs RBC pursuit

Coldstream sends a letter of support as Vernon bids to host the 2014 national junior A hockey tournament.

Greater Vernon’s bid for the RBC Cup continues to score local support, at least in spirit.

Coldstream has joined the list of those backing the bid with a letter of support to hopefully host the 2014 national junior A championship tournament.

“This event could be a very good influx of tourism to the community, not just Vernon and Coldstream but Lumby, Enderby…” said Mike Lane, Vernon bid committee co-chair, suggesting a 25 per cent increase to the region.

Along with the economic support, the event could boost minor hockey and give the Vipers an additional platform to win another tournament.

“And it provides great hockey for local fans,” said Lane.

The bid is awaiting a response for financial support from Vernon ($5,000) and the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee (which has supported in principle use of the Wesbild Centre and concessions).

Coldstream joins the likes of Lumby, Enderby, the BCHL and many local businesses who are backing the event.

“In spirit, we definitely will support this,” said Coun. Maria Besso, after Coun. Gyula Kiss confirmed that no financial support was required.

The bid will be submitted to Hockey B.C. Jan. 16 and presented in person to Hockey Canada in March.

“Everyone’s excited for us and we haven’t even won it,” said Lane.