The City of Port Alberni and the Alberni Valley Bulldogs have agreed to an extension that will keep the Junior A hockey team in the Alberni Valley for an additional four years.
The city and the team entered into an agreement back in August 2016 for the Bulldogs franchise to occupy the Alberni Valley Multiplex until July 31, 2020. The ownership of the team changed on July 31 of this year as Keycorp Sports & Entertainment Ltd. of Victoria purchased the BCHL team.
The new agreement extends the existing agreement for a further four years, to July 31, 2024. Rent and playoff game rates in the extension will increase each year by two percent over the applicable rates from the previous year. All other terms and conditions from the original agreement will remain the same.
“Since our new ownership group became involved with the Bulldogs, getting our lease extended was our top priority,” said Bulldogs’ president David Michaud in a press release. “Having a partnership with the City of Port Alberni is so important. With this behind us, Joe Martin and his hockey staff can set their sights on putting a great product on the ice that the community can be proud of.”
The Bulldogs open training camp at the Multiplex on Monday, August 19. All sessions are open to the public.