Minor hockey has finally gotten their plea.
 
After years of asking, the City of Fort Saskatchewan agreed to freeze an increase on ice rental costs from July 1 to December 31, 2019.
 
"As your fees get more expensive, families can't afford it and they have to take away the recreational stuff," said Fort Saskatchewan Minor Hockey vice president Dale Dach. "Players either move out of town where it's cheaper to play or they just stop playing."
 
Dach spoke in favour of the ice freeze to council on behalf of multiple local ice user groups.
 
It's not just hockey, ringette and figure skating groups have also felt the pinch.
 
"We're starting to lose membership," added Dach.

Ice rates in 2018 were as high as $214.88 per rental hour for adult users. The proposed two per cent fee increase would have raised that to $219.05.
 
According to Dach, they've had about 80 minor hockey players quit or go play elsewhere and they've lost almost one team in every age group this winter.
 
Minor hockey rents around $400,000 worth of ice time each year.
 
Ice CostsFort Saskatchewan's 2018 ice rental fees.

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