The West Kelowna Warriors have announced that they are now owned by KD Sports Ltd. Mark Cheyne and the Vision Sports Group have owned the Warriors for the last 9 seasons. Kim Dobranski and a silent minority partner form the new ownership group. The West Kelowna Warriors Hockey Society has also been established in correlation with the new ownership group.
New Warriors owner Kim Dobranski stated "I am very excited to work towards developing a sustainable business model where they community can participate and take ownership of this team." Dobranski went on to say that "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."
He went on to say that "We are calling on the public and business community to participate in the success of the franchise. By buying season tickets or sponsoring and volunteering at games support these players who come here to represent our community."
It has been 25 years since the Warriors franchise was first founded as the Langley Thunder before moving to West Kelowna (formerly Westside). The Warriors have been in the community since moving there in 2006. Their home opener will be against the Trail Smoke Eaters on Saturday September 8th.
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