WPHA planning to expand to Slave Lake for 2019-2020
When the 2019-2020 Junior ‘A’ season gets underway next October the Western Provinces Division of the Western States Hockey League could have a noticeably different landscape.
In addition to recent interest from Jasper, Alberta, to field a team in the Western Provinces Hockey Association beginning 2019-2020, Head of International Expansion, Derek Prue, is excited to announce Slave Lake will also be considered for a team in the division when play gets underway next WSHL season.
Throughout the next few months the WPHA will be monitoring Slave Lake closely as community and fan support as well as sponsorship commitments from local businesses will be a deciding factor when it comes to awarding the community a Jr. A team.
"There is already some confirmed investor and sponsorship commitment for the new Slave Lake team, largely based on last seasons' progress and interest in bringing Jr. A hockey to the community.” Says Prue.
Slave Lake is a town of approximately 7,000 inhabitants and is located 200 km northwest of Edmonton at the junction of highway 2 and Highway 28.
If awarded a team the newest WPHA franchise would call the Multi Recreation Centre home and will host 25 games against teams from Cold Lake, Hinton, Edson, Meadow Lake and potentially Jasper, as well as four teams from an American division of the WSHL next November for the USA VS Canada Showdown.
Slave Lake would be a full part of the WSHL (currently celebrating it’s 25th season) which means they will be travelling to the Las Vegas Showcase, where in 2018 the event saw 161 confirmed scouts from NCAA Division 1,2,3 schools.