Kelowna dismisses Twitter trolling
Western Hockey League club will host CHL championship for the first time since 2004
CALGARY—AFTER being awarded hosting duties for the 2020 Memorial Cup, the Kelowna Rockets are focused on building community support for their team and not on a since-deleted tweet from the communications manager of another junior hockey club that put in a bid to host, says the Rockets owner.
It’ll be the first time since
2004 that the Western Hockey League club will host the national Canadian Hockey League championship tournament, to be played in May
WHL commissioner Ron Robison announced the news on Oct. 3 at a news conference in Calgary; the Rock- Bruce Hamilton is the Kelowna Rockets owner/general manager, as well as the chair of the Western Hockey League board of governors.
ets, Kamloops Blazers and Lethbridge Hurricanes were the three teams that put in bids to host the event.
Shortly after, the communications manager for the Hurricanes, Dustin Forbes, put out the following Tweet, which has since been deleted: “Full disclosure for @Whlhurricanes fans ... Bruce Hamilton, owner of the Kelowna Rockets, is the chairman of the board of governors in the WHL. The vote on who hosted is done by the BOG. Just saying.”
About 20 minutes later, Forbes responded to a Twitter user asking if he was accusing the voting process of being rigged. Forbes defended his original tweet, and said, “I never said that it was rigged … I simply stated a fact.”
In an email to Starmetro Calgary, Forbes didn’t respond to a list of questions about the incident, but instead referred to a team statement.
“The Lethbridge Hurricanes hockey club respects the process and integrity of the Western Hockey League board of governors, as well as the voting process for the selection of the host site of the 2020 Memorial Cup,” the team said.
“It’s pretty hard to dictate to who you’re voting for when it’s a secret-ballot vote.” Full story at thestar.com/calgary