Major Midget Hockey Showcase Fails to Score Cash
Prince George, B.C. – The Cariboo Cougars Major Midget Hockey organization was back before Prince George City Council this evening to try and land some cash to host a Major Midget Hockey showcase.
Estimated to create a $167 thousand dollar economic benefit for the City, 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.
The cash ask for hosting the event was for $50 thousand dollars to cover travel costs for teams as normally, this event is held in the lower mainland. The rest of the costs for the event are covered.
The money requested is to cover the travel expenses for the teams.
Two weeks ago, Council asked the proponents to come back with a full budget before it would make the final commitment.
Councillor Jillian Merrick says she cannot support this expenditure, saying the City has already made a significant contribution to Major Midget Hockey in its $58 thousand dollar contribution to the hosting of the Telus Cup.
Councillor Brian Skakun says “nothing against the organization, but it’s too big an ask”.
Director of Finance, Kris Dalio suggested part of the funds be allowed now, and the balance be part of the 2018 budget discussions.
Councillor Frank Everitt spoke in support of the request saying if the City denies this kind of event, then such events will always remain in the lower mainland.
The motion to provide the funding was defeated.