Update: Pieces falling into place for return of Royals to Corner Brook

Booster club has until Aug. 31 to sell 1,000 season passes

Dave Kearsey dkearsey@thewesternstar.com
Published on June 26, 2014

Roy Mosher sat quietly in the back row of the Pepsi Centre meeting room anxious to hear what was happening with the Royals. He wanted to know if the Royals would be returning to the Pepsi Centre.

The 74-year-old Corner Brook native is an avid fan of the team and hopes he only got a short drive across town to watch his team compete.

He was alll smiles when both Royals president Ross Coates and Dennis Waterman of the Royals booster club outlined the strategy to move the team back to the city now that a deal has been struck with Pepsi Centre management to bring the Royals home.

Coates and Waterman shared their thoughts on what would have to take place to make the team successful upon its return to the city. Both have been pleased with the support of both the City of Corner Brook and Pepsi Centre management in bringing senior hockey back to the city.

However, the key element in bringing it to fruition is the booster club reaching its goal of 1,000 season passes by Aug. 31 through a sales blitz in the region to ensure financial stability for the survival of the team.

This is something Waterman believes is very obtainable and he’s excited to roll up his sleeves to prepare the Royals for a run at the Herder. A dozen or so politicians, booster club members and businessmen were on hand for the the first season pass purchased by Mayor Charles Pender.

He believes the local hockey fans are ready to embrace the team again and his group will make the return a reality.

Mayor Pender was happy to see the team be called the Corner Brook Royals again and looks forward to making the team successful for years to come.

“This is their home and this is where we want to keep them,” Mayor Pender said.

The official launch to the season pass blitz will take place 3 p.m. Canada Day at Margaret Bowater Park where members of the Royals will be in attendance to meet fans and talk hockey with hopes of reaching the 1,000 plateau sooner rather than later.


(Earlier story)

The Corner Brook Royals are back.

The senior hockey team's officials and its booster club announced it has reached an agreement with the City of Corner Brook and the Pepsi Centre at a press conference at the arena Thursday.

Corner Brook Mayor Charles Pender also confirmed the team would no longer be the Western Royals, but the Corner Brook Royals.

The booster club has set a goal of selling 1,000 season passes to the team's 12 regular season home games by Aug. 31, though most in attendance at the press conference considered that number to be a forgone conclusion.

"Fan support is critical to the success of the Corner Brook Royals, so we're looking for 1,000 people to commit to buying a season pass to demonstrate that support," said the booster club's chair, Dennis Waterman in a prepared release.

Season passes will sell for $144, or $212 for a season pass/holding seat combination. Kids' passes will be $60, while a holding seat will be $75.

The Royals will play in the four-team Central-West Senior Hockey League for the 2014-15 season after they and the three other teams opted out of the Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Hockey League earlier this year.

The team has played their home games out of Deer Lake for the past two seasons after leaving Corner Brook.


More details to follow