Statement from WHL Commissioner Ron Robison
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
The WHL remains fully committed to delivering a WHL franchise to Nanaimo either through relocation or expansion and will move forward to obtain the necessary final approvals should the residents of the City of Nanaimo vote in favour of a new Events Centre.
The WHL has never wavered in its interest in the Nanaimo market. The WHL believes Nanaimo would be a great addition to our BC Division as a natural rival with the Victoria Royals and other Divisional opponents including the Vancouver Giants, Kelowna Rockets, Kamloops Blazers and the Prince George Cougars.
Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding entered into between the WHL and the City of Nanaimo, should the City approve the construction of a new Events Centre facility which meets WHL standards a WHL franchise will enter into a 20-year lease and begin operating out of the Frank Crane Arena next season. The WHL team ownership will be of the highest caliber and will include local investment.