Financial Boost for Coy Cup

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Tyler Noble

11/10/2011

The Kitimat Ice Demons have received a big financial boost as they prepare to defend the Coy Cup on home ice in March.

Kitimat Council has agreed to provide a $10,000 grant for the week-long event.

When the Demons last hosted the senior men's provincial hockey championship in 2006, it was a huge success -- Tamitik Arena was sold out for five of the games -- and the home team emerged as provincial champs.

One of the reasons the tournament went so well was because of support from various community groups and local businesses.

But Ice Demons president Allan Hewitson says hosting in 2012 will be a significantly greater challenge.

"Costs have risen dramatically particularly for transportation as you all know -- airlines and buses and any transportation has sky-rocketed -- and accommodations and the guarantee we're required to give BC Amateur Hockey."

While the organizing committee expects strong support from the community once again, it has asked Kitimat Council for twice the amount the event qualifies for under the District's Community Grants and Sponsorship Program.

"We have numerous other ideas to pursue fundraising and sponsorship as we did last time, and we recognize this has to be done more quickly and in a much more challenging economic environment than 2006."

The team's vice president, Cliff Madsen, says the Coy Cup could generate over $70,000 in economic activity for Kitimat.

"Plus on top of that there's the activity that will be developed locally amongst our own citizens with this great event going on at that time."

Four teams will take part, including Kitimat, as well as one or two other teams from the Central Interior Hockey League and likely one from the south coast.

The host club is responsible for travel and accommodation expenses of all visiting teams.

The Ice Demons, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary this season, will enter the tournament as defending champions after winning last year's Coy Cup in Prince Rupert.