Thursday, 17 June 2010

WHL AGM Concludes

The Western Hockey League's movers and shakers spent the last two days meeting in Calgary and emerged with the sentiment that they're producing a pretty good product.

The annual general meeting included an open forum of discussion on the state of the game but there won't be any noticable differences for next season.

The WHL issued a three paragraph, seven-sentence release following the AGM, the majority of which dealt with the WHL Alumni Golf Tournament on MONDAY in Cochrane, Alberta.

Despite the league's lack of assistance, here are a few notes to emerge from the seclusion of the AGM:

- There was discussion on the league-wide five percent drop in attendance and revenue. Some marketing strategies could be on their way on a league-wide basis.

- The league wants to implement the two-referee system for 100 percent of their games. However, the lack of quality officials may delay that and it's unlikely to happen in 2010-2011.

- The Subway Super Series, the annual non-competitive game where the WHL All-Stars and Russians Selects, will go ahead again this year. However, the league is looking at alternatives to the annual event.

- Kelowna Rockets' governor Bruce Hamilton was re-elected as chairman of the board for another two-year term.

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