Could a new hockey team be making a stop in Bruderheim?
At a recent meeting, the Western States Hockey League (WSHL), a pay-to-play league governed by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), presented Bruderheim council with the possibility of bringing a team to town.
"I think generally our council felt intrigued about the idea, wanted to pursue it further and wanted to see what more information could be available to help with out decision," said mayor Karl Hauch.
The WSHL currently has a Canadian division in Alberta and Saskatchewan. In the 2018-19 season, the league intended on having six teams up north, but Maskwacis and Slave Lake folded before the puck dropped.
With team fees ranging from $7,000 to $10,000 for the season, the self-claimed "Tier 2 Junior A" league is mainly composed of out-of-province players.
"There are municipalities in Alberta that have been wanting Junior A teams in the Canadian system for a long time and have been denied access into the system because the folks that are running the system don't want to expand," Hauch explained.
With the caliber of play being similar to some Junior B leagues in Canada, Morinville and Fort Saskatchewan both turned down the opportunity of icing a WSHL team.
For the town of around 1,300 people, multiple renovations would have to be made in the Karol Maschmeyer Arena before the season gets underway.
"We would need to put in more bleachers because they expect that teams in that league to draw 300 to 500 people per game," Hauch added. "They'd need a designated dressing room and also some washroom renovations."
The town could make a decision on the team as early as next Wednesday (June 5).