The Town of Morinville doesn't feel they're quite ready for another junior hockey team.
The Western States Hockey League (WSHL) is looking to expand to Canada in the 2018-19 season, by adding the Western Provinces Hockey Association (WPHA).
Morinville is the first of the original six communities to pull out.
Councillors discussed the proposal at Tuesday's meeting (Mar.27).
"I think it really came down to a question timing. We were looking at a time frame to have things resolved and agreements in place by approximately May this year," said mayor Barry Turner. "In council's opinion it just wasn't enough time to assess the real impact on the existing teams in town, the new facility and the requirement that we have with the existing facility for the 18-19 season."
Other potential communities for the WPHA are Cold Lake, Edson, Hinton, Meadow Lake and Slave Lake.
"At this point we've said no to the opportunity and hopefully when the new facility opens up the option may be around at that time, but for now it's a pass from us," added Turner.
The WSHL currently operates in the United States with 23 teams. Since starting the league over 15 fold.
The league is ran on a pay-to-play system, players generally are charged between $5000 to $10,000.
Morinville currently has a Junior B team, the Morinville Jets.

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