The City of Cold Lake is keeping things cordial after learning that the Portage College Voyageurs Men’s Hockey team won’t be making the move there after all.
“Our council works hard to support community stakeholders and to help them find success through a collaborative partnership with the city, and that is the spirit with which we approached this opportunity,” says Mayor Craig Copeland . “Although I am sure there will be some disappointment in the community that the team will not play here, we support Portage College’s decision and wish the Voyageurs all the best in their 2018 season.”
Portage College reversed its decision to move the team to Cold Lake after the threat of legal action from Lac La Biche County. In addition to the legal costs, the potential delays could have threatened the team’s 2018 season.
“I know that our staff were working hard to accommodate the Voyageurs for the 2018 season and that the people of Cold Lake were welcoming the team with open arms,” adds Copeland. “Although the reversal of the decision came as a surprise, we are pleased that Portage College has received the financial support necessary to maintain their men’s hockey team. It is our hope that the student athletes on the team find success in all their future endeavors, regardless of the arena they call home.”