Thursday, August 26, 2010

Date Set For Complex Referendum

The RDCK Board of Directors is expected to vote tonight in favour of November 6th as the date which Castlegar, Area I and Area J voters will decide whether to go ahead with a $25-million dollar expansion of the Complex. I had a chance to talk with city councillor Kirk Duff yesterday to shed some light on exactly what's going to happen. You can hear the full interview here.

The expansion will have some impact on the Rebels, to be sure, though I'm told the existing sheet of ice will remain as the home rink for the team. The second sheet will still be regulation-size, but won't have nearly as large a seating area as the existing facility (informally I heard capacity of 200 compared to nearly 1,000 for the current rink).

The city has put a diagram of the proposed changes on their website. We'll surely get a better idea of just what's in store during the three open houses in October.

Bits & Bites: the league put out a release yesterday hoping to attract more officials. Interesting to note the quote by Bill Ohlhausen saying he'd like former players to consider donning the stripes. Our friends at RiderNews have the latest on a possible new misconduct rule. A rumour floating around has Revelstoke possibly making the jump to Junior A in 2011-12 to coincide with renovations to the Forum. As alluded to earlier, former Nitehawk Layne Stopanski has signed a try-out agreement with Nybro of the Swedish First Division (the third tier of hockey in Sweden).

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