War­riors post $463K loss, but fu­ture is bright

Deficit a prod­uct of Mo­saic Place light and sound sys­tem up­grade paid for by team

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - FRONT PAGE - RANDY PALMER

There’s no way to sug­ar­coat the straight up, ac­tual fact.

The Moose Jaw Tier I Hockey Inc — the um­brella or­ga­ni­za­tion for the Moose Jaw War­riors — posted a to­tal loss of $463,566 for the 2016-17 sea­son, as re­vealed at their an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. That’s a very large and very scary num­ber to see with a ‘mi­nus’ to the left of it, for sure.

Coin­ci­dently, that six-fig­ure loss neatly cor­re­sponds with the mas­sive Mo­saic Place light and sound up­grade that ut­terly trans­formed the fan ex­pe­ri­ence at the build­ing: $531,197.

The con­nec­tion is di­rect — given their ex­cep­tion­ally rosy fi­nan­cial out­look and bank bal­ance, the War­riors took the ex­tra­or­di­nary step of fully ex­pens­ing the light and sound up­grades into the 2016-17 fi­nan­cials.

Hockey League com­mis­sioner Ron Ro­bi­son — who at­tended the meet­ing and was part of a 45-minute hot stove con­ver­sa­tion along­side War­riors coach Tim Hunter and gen­eral man­ager Alan Mil­lar — said the War­riors were no longer a small-mar­ket team; they were firmly es­tab­lished as a mid-mar­ket fran­chise.

“I’ve been on the board when those times were tough,” Tay­lor said. “In the last eight to 10 years we’ve had a lot of chal­lenges … but this club has come a long way and they’ve met ev­ery chal­lenge head on and if it wasn’t for the com­mu­nity and the sup­port the com­mu­nity pro­vides we might not have been able to get there.

“Ev­ery­body on the team has a role to play and the fu­ture looks great.”

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