Warriors sale official

Nineteen months after the West Kelowna Warriors nearly left town for greener pastures, the club has officially been sold.

The BC Hockey League team said Friday the club is now under the ownership of KD Sports Ltd. They reached an agreement to purchase the club from Mark Cheyne and the Vision Sports Group earlier this month.

Kim Dobranski and a "minority silent partner" will now oversee team operations.

The West Kelowna Warriors Hockey Society has also been established, which will allow the community to be more involved.

Dobranski urges the business community and general public to get involved with the club by purchasing season tickets, sponsorships, or by volunteering on game nights.

“I am very excited to work towards developing a sustainable business model where the community can participate and take ownership in this team,” said Dobranski.

“Our division and the BCHL is the top league to play and enjoy junior hockey in Canada and we are very fortunate to have this caliber of hockey in our back yard. Communities thrive socially and economically when they adopt a sports team and teams such as the Warriors also help build a sense of identity for a community.

“This organization is not about any one person, it’s about the community it resides in, the players who come here and represent us, many of them local kids, and our collective role in sport producing good citizens for our communities. This franchise existed long before, and it will continue to exist long after, continuing the good work the BCHL does in our communities.”

The franchise, which started in Langley in 1994, is entering its 25th year in the BCHL. It relocated from Langley to the Okanagan prior to the 2006-2007 season.

The Warriors open the new season with back-to-back games with Trail Sept. 7 in Trail and Sept. 8 at Royal LePage Place.

The Warriors nearly moved to Delta in the winter of 2017, but a deal to relocate the club fell through.

A campaign began shortly thereafter to keep the club in West Kelowna.

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