Warrior owner denies claim

UPDATE: 8:50 a.m.

In a statement to Castanet News, Warriors owner Kim Dobranski says his response to his former coaches claim of breach of contract comes down to which entity is being sued.

He says the lawsuit filed by Geoff Grimwood last month goes after the non-profit society, whom Dobranski claims Grimwood did not work for.

"His contract was with KD Sports Ltd.," said Dobranski.

"He is making a claim against the wrong organization, and we had to submit that response for clarification to the courts."

If the suit goes ahead, a court date has been set for Tuesday, Oct. 15.

ORIGINAL: 5 a.m.

The owner of the West Kelowna Warriors claims the entity former coach Geoff Grimwood is suing never employed his services.

Kim Dobranski made that claim in his response to a suit brought forward by Grimwood, who is seeking more than $30,000 for breach of contract, interest and filing fees.

"The West Kelowna Warriors Hockey Club (Society #S0064872) is a non-profit booster club for the Warriors franchise operated by KD Sports Ltd. We Operate spring hockey programs and provide gaming for our youth programs. Contrary to his claim, Mr. Grimwood has never been employed by our organization," stated Dobranski in his reply filed in Provincial Court late last week.

As such, Dobranski disagrees with the breach of contract claim, "as we didn't have a contract with him."

Grimwood filed suit June 25, claiming Dobranski failed to pay the balance of monies owed him after he was fired Jan. 27.

His claim stated he was fired without notice, or payment in lieu of notice, and without just cause.

Neither claim has yet been tested in court.

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