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Wildcats court case postponed to Aug. 20

Masha Scheele

The court date for the Wildcats case looking to reinstate their lease with the Town of Hinton has been moved to Aug. 20, 2019. 

Throughout the 2018-2019 junior hockey season, the Hinton Wildcats owned by the (Western Provinces Hockey Association (WPHA), utilized the Bill Thomson arena in the Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre as their home ice facility.

The lease was terminated by the Town of Hinton after the Wildcats became more than 60 days delinquent in paying its account, followed by the town signing a contract with another Junior A hockey team.

The Wildcats and the WPHA felt this move was not made according to their original contract and took the issue to court in an attempt to get their lease reinstated.

In the meantime, the Wildcats shared on their Facebook page on July 30 that the WPHA dissolved and formally joined the Greater Metro Hockey League (GMHL).

The GMHL is a Canadian Junior A Hockey League that was originally based out of Ontario and has now expanded west to British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, said the post. 

The GMHL West Division includes Cold Lake, Rosetown, Enoch, Slave Lake, and Hinton.

The WPHA first became owners of the Hinton Wildcats in late 2018, and operated the team since then.

The two applicants on the original court application filed on June 3 were the Wildcats and the WPHA.