August 14, 2009 – Ringette’s future is looking bright with the announcement of the ownership change of the National Ringette League’s BC Reign. The new team, the Fraser Valley Avalanche, will compete in the western division of the NRL beginning this October.
The Avalanche will be based in the Fraser Valley, and is open to athletes from across BC who are eligible to play in the National Ringette League (third year belle to open age players 18+). The Avalanche are committed to being a professional and competitive team and expect to have many new and returning ringette players attend tryouts in a few weeks time. Being a new team, all positions are open and athletes are encouraged to tryout, as new faces will be welcomed. As well as being committed to the team, as role models, athletes will be expected to help with the development of young ringette athletes in the Fraser Valley and the province. As a result, athletes will not endure the usual costs associated with playing ringette at an elite level: 100% of the athletes travel and hotel fees will be covered by the team.
Also announced today, is selection of the Avalanche coaching staff. Head coach Chris Wakefield will make his first appearance coaching in Western Canada. Wakefield, from Langley, B.C., joins the Avalanche from an impressive ringette record working with the reigning National and World ringette champions – the Cambridge Turbos of the NRL. Chris has coached both AA ringette and hockey throughout Ontario for the past nine seasons. Joining Chris as assistant coach will be Lisa Egan of Abbotsford, BC. Egan is no stranger to the BC ringette community, having played and coached provincial teams with many national championship appearances, most recently the BC Reign of the NRL and the Fraser Valley Open A ringette club.
Athletes interested in attending the free tryouts should submit the tryout form which can be found at www.fraservalleyavalanche.com.
Dates for the tryouts are September 5,6 and Sept 12, 13th. Locations and times are found on the website.