Saturday, April 16, 2011

Regina To Chilliwack Rumours Very Premature

A report surfaced this weekend - citing an anonymous source - that the Regina Pats could be on the move to Chilliwack and replacing the Bruins who will end up in Victoria next year. The tale gets even wilder when it says the Manitoba Moose would take up shop in Regina when the NHL returns to Winnipeg.

We spoke to a credible source on this today and here's what Regina Pats President Brent Parker told us...

"Our lease expires at he end of May. In the mean time we are trying to get a fair long term lease in Regina and I have not spoken to Chilliwack nor would we explore anything until our lease had expired, that would not be right. I have heard the AHL rumour on a regular basis as of late. I don't know if it is true about Evras Place having met with the Moose, you would have to ask them."
We did and while the Moose had "no comment" I know that True North (the owners of the Moose) would not relocate to a market with existing WHL teams like Regina. Even if the Pats are gone, the Moose Jaw Warriors are just down the road, not to mention Swift Current, Saskatoon and Prince Albert aren't far away either. That means you can also scratch Saskatoon off the list of possible new cities for the Moose if and when the NHL returns to the Manitoba capital.

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