National Ringette League announces expansion teams

Elite women’s league now spans from coast to coast

June 14, 2011 – The National Ringette League (NRL) today announced two expansion teams are joining the league for the upcoming 2011-2012 season, which will begin play in October. The Atlantic Attack, based out of the southeast region of New Brunswick, will join the Eastern Conference, while the Lower Mainland Ringette League Thunder from British Columbia will join the Western Conference. This brings the number of NRL teams to 19, with six teams in the West and 13 teams in the East.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Attack and Thunder to our league and very pleased that our elite women’s league now has representation from coast to coast,” said Maurice Jean, the newly appointed chair of the National Ringette League. “Both teams have a solid franchise plan in place and represent positive growth for the National Ringette League.”

Krystle Hussey, founding committee member for the Atlantic Attack, sees the addition of an NRL team to the region as a positive step for local athletes and for the sport. “Our athletes are thrilled to now have the opportunity to compete in the NRL and we are very proud to build upon the accomplishments to date and look forward to providing our athletes the opportunity to play at an elite level. This team will also help us develop high level coaches and officials and we are very excited to watch this team and sport develop and succeed for years to come.”

The Lower Mainland Ringette League (LMRL) Thunder is the only team in the league from British Columbia and will fill the void left by the unfortunate demise of the Fraser Valley Avalanche during the 2010-2011 season. Chris Wakefield, team director for the LMRL Thunder, is confident the team will be successful in providing elite level athletes in the Lower Mainland a positive experience. “We have worked hard to develop a solid franchise plan and that combined with a talented pool of elite athletes will ensure that the Thunder’s inaugural season will be a success.”