City of Powell River has entered into a new three-year agreement with the Powell River Kings Hockey Club Society for the use of the Powell River Recreation Complex through to the end of the 2023-2024 hockey season.
At the September 2 city council meeting, council voted unanimously in favour of the agreement, which, according to a staff report, will bring a total monetary value of $102,075.85 to the city over the term.
Councillor Jim Palm said it was with great pleasure that he was announcing the new three-year agreement for the Powell River Kings. Palm said this coming year was the 33rd for the hockey team.
“I’m happy to report that the Kings, even though they were challenged during the COVID-19 period, lived up to the previous agreement that they were under and they are in good shape to go forward,” said Palm. “Our team is always competitive, and talking to [interim president] Joe Mastrodonato, he says they are going to be in good shape and ready to go forward for the season.
“The season starts in our community with two home games October 8 and 9. I hope you’re able to partake. There are some limits because of COVID-19 on the number of seats that can be filled, so please check the Kings’ website and get your tickets early. I think the figure is around 800. You never know how that number is going to shake out by October 8 but we are keeping our fingers crossed that the number holds.”
The agreement includes 26 regular season home games per season, and weekly practice ice for 28 weeks per season. The team gets five two-hour practice sessions per week. The team also gets office space in the recreation complex year-round, to be shared with PRISMA and International Choral Kathaumixw.
Carded players receive six month fitness passes.
According to the staff report, the Kings will retain 100 per cent of advertising revenues generated through sponsorship sales in the Hap Parker Arena through rink boards, wall signage and in-ice logos.