Hockey tourney seeks help

North Okanagan Minor Hockey Association asks for fees to be waive for Norval Arena for the Tier 4 B.C. Provincial Championships

A lack of a decision doesn’t translate into a lack of support for a sports tournament. It just means that due process has to be followed.

Spallumcheen council has received a request from the North Okanagan Minor Hockey Association to waive the ice fees for Norval Arena for the Tier 4 B.C. Provincial Championships. Council did not vote on the matter.

“We can’t make a decision because we’re not parks and recreation,” said Mayor Janice Brown.

“The parks and recreation commission will make a decision.”

Parks and recreation facilities are a joint function of Spallumcheen and Armstrong.

The Pee Wee Tier 4 Knights will host the Tier 4 B.C. Provincial Championships March 13 to 16, 2016.

NOMHA has booked 60 hours of ice at the Norval Arena for the tournament.

“As ice cost will be the largest expense for the championships, NOMHA would like to ask the parks and recreation commission to waive the cost of the ice for the duration of the event,” said Paul Manske, provincials committee chairperson, in a letter.

The championships’ budget is $22,500 and the local Pee Wee Tier 4 team is responsible for raising the funds.

During the tournament, the arenas in Armstrong and Enderby will be used.

“As well, the newly constructed Splatsin community centre will be used for the banquet,” said Manske.

“Eight teams are expected to participate so it will be a wonderful chance to showcase our beautiful area.”

The Armstrong-Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation Commission is expected to consider the  request to waive arena fees at its next meeting.