FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Western States Hockey League is looking to expand into western Canada.
The 23 team league classifies itself as a Junior Tier II who’s level of competition would fall between Junior ‘B’ and Junior ‘A’.
The league is a pay-to-play system, as players from across the globe between the ages of 16 to 20 are eligible to participate. Team fees range from $5,000 to $10,000 annually.
The WSHL’s new Canadian division plans to cover Saskatchewan, Alberta and northern British Columbia. “We look at expanding as a significant opportunity to expand our brand into western Canada,” said President Ron White. “I think given where we’re at we’re probably within 30 days of announcing the original six locations.”
Fort St. John is one of five possible destinations the league is looking at expanding to which also includes Dawson Creek, Whitecourt, Cold Lake and a location in northern Saskatchewan.
However, Fort St. John Senior Flyers President Paul van Nostrand doesn’t see a new team coming to the Energetic City. “I don’t think there is much to it,” added van Nostrand. “From what I understand after checking out the website, I don’t think it’s got much traction.”
The league currently consists of 23 teams.