The Quesnel Kangaroos appealed to the North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee (JPC) for help with the upcoming Coy Cup.
The tournament is of significant importance to the club. They have won 11 of the Senior AA provincial championship banners and are hoping to make it a dozen this winter.
Hosting the tournament doesn’t come cheap, however — costs are estimated at approximately $58,000 — so they are looking to the region for a hand.
JPC members were given some options by Jeff Norburn, director of community services for the City of Quesnel.
1. That no financial contribution be provided to the Club for hosting the Coy Cup in 2020,
2. That fees be reduced for advertising costs to the Quesnel Kangaroos up to a maximum of $4,000, subject to the club demonstrating that its expenses to host the Coy Cub in 2020 exceeded revenues and the club suffered a loss; and
3. Any other option deemed appropriate by the committee.
As it stands, the Kangaroos have the right to sell advertising on the boards and on the ice of the West Fraser Centre (WFC), and for that, they collect the revenue and the City asks for a share of that.
Last year, the Roos paid Quesnel $8,000 for those rights.
All gathered agreed with option No. 2, and the motion was passed unanimously.
Also up for discussion was the issue of banners being shown.
In a letter to the JPC, the club asked that the policy on banner display, which only allows for provincial championship banners won after the new rink was built to be permanently displayed, be changed so their most recent CIHL championship banner be allowed to be hung.
Currently, there are two banners that meet this requirement, and they are on permanent display in the West Fraser Centre. One was won by Minor Hockey Midgets and the other by Quesnel Ringette.
The options offered by Norburn were:
1. That no change to the policy take place. League championship banners are not permanently displayed in the WFC.
2. That the policy be amended to allow for the single, most recent league championship banner won by the Quesnel Kangaroos Hockey Club to be displayed in the West Fraser Centre until it is replaced with a new, more recent league championship banner.
3. Any other option as deemed appropriate by the committee.
Mayor Bob Simpson argued that a special place under the media booth be utilized for displaying the host team’s most recent banner.
Coun. Ron Paull said he would like to see that go a little further.
“The Kangaroos in my recollection have won more than one Coy Cup, and I think it would be great for the Kangaroos to have all those Coy Cup banners in there. Just for bragging rights and it would make everybody feel good, and once the tournament’s over, they’re out.”
Simpson agreed with Paull, saying he had a brilliant point.
“We have an events co-ordinator position, and we have some staff that helps with the hosting function.
“The idea of telling the story of that particular organization where you [gather] their memorabilia and use the foyer or use the walls to tell a bit of a story is a pretty interesting way to do it, and we could use a little assistance to make it happen.
“I would move that an adjustment to the existing banner policy be made that we celebrate the league or the team that’s hosting the tournament by recognizing their previous accomplishments during the period that they’re hosting.”
The motion was agreed upon by all committee members and passed unanimously.