Junior A hockey could be returning to the area, but not in Fort Saskatchewan.
 
The Western States Hockey League (WSHL), ran under the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), is looking to expand to western Canada and Morinville is on the map.
 
"We look at expanding as a significant opportunity to expand our brand into western Canada," confirmed league president Ron White.
 
The league calls themselves Junior A Tier II, comparative competition would be somewhere between Junior B and Junior A.
 
The WSHL is a pay-to-play system, players from all over the world between 16-20 are eligible to play with team fees ranging from $5000 to $10,000 per season.
 
In 2017-2018, players came from 26 different countries including over 150 European players.
 
"I think given where we're at we're probably within 30 days of announcing the original six locations," added White.
 
The new Canadian division in the WSHL plans to cover Northern British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
 
Places other than Morinville rumoured to be in consideration for a team include Cold Lake, Whitecourt, Fort St. John (BC), Dawson Creek (BC) and one potential team in northern Saskatchewan.
 
Currently, there are 23 teams in the WSHL.

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