Thursday, January 5, 2012

Border Bruins Staying Put

In light of rumblings they may fold or may move at the end of this season, the Grand Forks Border Bruins have made it clear they're committed to the Boundary. A release posted on Grand Forks' website makes the following statement:

Although the 2011-2012 season has not produced the results the association had wanted the executive and its board of directors remain diligent and optimistic for the future of the KIJHL in Grand Forks.

I spoke to head coach and general manager Matt Zamec Thursday afternoon, he told me the following during a lengthy interview that will be posted here tomorrow once it's run on Mountain FM Friday morning.

"I've heard the rumours too and I think it's the standings that are the source of them. There's other towns that are looking to get into the league and looking at the standings it jumps at people that, well, there's the team to move perhaps. The board and the volunteers that we have here are fantastic, they're dedicated and committed to making this work. The team is not getting sold and the team is not moving."

For me, I think it's important for the team to nip any speculation in the bud right away. Even though Grand Forks has won only once this season, it's important for those in charge of the team to look to the future immediately and part of that is starting to re-instill a sense of pride and tradition now.

The Bruins face Castlegar Friday (7:30, GF Arena) and Sunday (5:00, Castlegar Complex).

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