Senior men’s hockey returning to Lacombe
Lacombe, Alberta (September 10, 2019) – The City of Lacombe, in partnership with the Lacombe Generals Senior Hockey Club and Wildrose Athletic Corporation, is pleased to announce the return of competitive men’s hockey with the relocation of the senior AA North Central Hockey League (NCHL) Eckville Eagles to Lacombe.
“The City of Lacombe is pleased to continue its successful collaboration with the Lacombe Generals in recruiting a competitive senior men’s AA Hockey League team to the community,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “The City’s support of its senior men’s team ensures residents have access to a high calibre of competitive hockey within the community, and can partake in the community spirit generated by a winning team.”
“After twenty years of chasing the Allan Cup, and after four hard-won championships, we are proud to collaborate with the Wildrose Athlete Corporation to start the next chapter in the Generals hockey,” said Jeff McInnis, general manager for the Lacombe Generals. “We wish the new team all the best, and will endeavour to support them as they keep senior men’s hockey alive in our community.”
The Lacombe Generals Senior Hockey Club withdrew their team from the senior men’s AAA Allan Cup Hockey West League on May 27, 2019, as the league had failed to maintain a reasonable number of teams for viable competition.
The Generals subsequently advised the City that they had reached an agreement with the Wildrose Athletic Corporation, a hockey club owned by Lacombians and fielding the senior AA NCHL Eckville Eagles. The two clubs agreed to work together to relocate the Eagles to Lacombe.
“We are looking forward to relocating to Lacombe and all the opportunities that this move offers,” said Jared Williams, a director with Wildrose Athlete Corporation. “We appreciate all the fan support in the past – in Eckville and out in Big Valley before that – and we look forward winning over the fans in Lacombe as we continue with the Generals’ tradition of excellence.”
The Generals directors will not be active in directly managing the incoming team operations, but will be responsible for managing events and the building lease agreement with the City. The intent of all involved is to retain the Lacombe Generals team name.
“Senior men’s competitive ice hockey hosted at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex is an important recreation service for our residents,” said Deborah Juch, Director of Community Services. “The City is known for being able to attract and host successful events by building on existing partnerships with community groups and organizations. The availability and professional management of such public events provide economic benefits, and enhances the quality of life for residents.”