Lakeside Leader - Owners in place; Jr. A hockey a step closer for Slave Lake

Ron White, the commissioner of the Western States Hockey League, flanked by Derek Prue and Lauren Barr at at news conference in Slave Lake on Jan. 30. Prue is the director of international expansion for the league, and Barr represents the ownership group. 

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Junior A hockey could really be happening in Slave Lake in 2019.

Proponents of a franchise for Slave Lake were in town last week, and apparently not just on a fishing expedition. The league commissioner was here all the way from southern California. With him were his boss of international expansion, Edmontonian Derek Prue, and a representative of the financial backers for a team in Slave Lake for next season. That person’s name is Lauren Barr.

“There is already an ownership group in place,” Barr said. “This is now my full-time job. To make sure this goes ahead successfully.”

 Ron White, the commissioner, tackled the subject of success at the Jan. 30 news conference.