No Decision Yet on Showcase for MMHL
Prince George, BC- Hot off winning the BC Division title for Major Midget Hockey, Council has approved giving financial support to a bid for the Showcase 2018 event.
The BCMML Showcase is an event where all eleven BCMML teams and a 12th invited American team come together in one community to play regular season games over a three day period. The Showcase provides the opportunity for Junior A and WHL hockey scouts to evaluate all BCMML players in one location. Approximately 40 scouts attend the Showcase.
Normally, this event is held in the lower mainland. The dollars requested would be used to cover travel expenses to Prince George. The Showcase was held once in Kelowna, but that’s as far north as it has come.
The event is estimated to generate an economic benefit of about $400 thousand dollars.
Councillor Jillian Merrick said she was “on the fence” about providing the $50 thousand dollars because it would drain the Council contingency fund.
Councillor Brian Skakun said he had “no interest in eliminating our contingency fund” . He wanted more information on what possible sponsorships or donations may be forth coming before he could support spending the money.
BC Major Midget Hockey League rep Sean Orr says while the Showcase has a budget, the cost of travel and accommodation for teams to come to Prince George, exceeded that budget by about $50 thousand dollars.
So instead of dealing with it this evening, Council has decided to postpone a decision until Administration can bring back some more information on the full budget. That information is expected to be provided at the next meeting of Council which is set for the 24th.