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Cranbrook Bucks awarded BCHL expansion franchise

BCHL expands to Cranbrook

The BC Hockey League made it official this morning.

Cranbrook has been awarded an expansion franchise. The club, nicknamed the Bucks, will begin play in the 2020-21 season.

Former Westside Warrior goaltender Nathan Lieuwen is the club's majority owner and president.

Lieuwen played 11 regular season games with the Warriors during the 2007-08 season before moving on to the WHL's Kootenay Ice

The Cranbrook market became available when the Ice moved to Winnipeg at the conclusion of last season.

“We are extremely excited to bring a BCHL franchise to Cranbrook and the East Kootenay,” said Lieuwen.

“The Cranbrook Bucks Hockey Club looks forward to being a proud member of the Cranbrook community and surrounding areas for many years to come. We are grateful for all parties involved in bringing the BCHL to Cranbrook and we can’t wait for the puck to drop for the 2020-21 season.”

The addition of Cranbrook as the league's 18th franchise, was made official at recent league meetings.

"We are pleased to add Cranbrook as the 18th member of the BC Hockey League," said BCHL commissioner Chris Hebb.

"The city already has a rich hockey history and we are excited to see them add to that legacy and bring BCHL hockey to another great community in our province."

The league last expanded in 2015, when the Wenatchee Wild were awarded a franchise.



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