BC Thunder re-enters National Ringette League

Team changes ownership, announces team staff

Langley, BC/Ottawa, ON – July 30, 10, 2014 – The 2014-2015 National Ringette League (NRL) season will see the return of BC Thunder. The team rejoins the league after taking a one-year leave of absence. The Thunder is now owned and operated by Dale Hannesson.

“This past season, BC Thunder took the time to rebuild the strength of their franchise and we are very pleased to have them back on the ice,” said Frances Losier, Ringette Canada’s Director of High Performance and Events. “We look forward to seeing high caliber ringette being played in BC for many years to come.”

Along with the change in ownership, the Thunder has also announced that Gino Pastro (Delta) and Cathy Lipsett (Salmon Arm) will be the team’s coaches for the upcoming season. Both Pastro and Lipsett were with the team in 2012-13. Lipsett was a key part of the 2012 NRL Champion LMRL Thunder bench staff and Pastro spent last season coaching both the LMRL U19AA team and the top open A team in British Columbia. Lipsett will also be leading Team BC as head coach this coming February at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

“We are all extremely excited to have an ownership group, coaches and players committed to getting the BC Thunder back on the ice for the 2014-15 season,” said Dale Hannesson, BC Thunder owner and operator. “Gino and Cathy join a strong group of committed NRL veterans and the future looks very promising for the Thunder franchise.”

Many past and potential NRL athletes have already begun their training for the upcoming season. Tryouts will begin the week of August 25, with the final team being selected by mid September. All inquiries, tryout information requests or sponsorship opportunities can be directed to BCThunder@nationalringetteleague.ca.

About the National Ringette League
The National Ringette League (NRL) is the showcase league for ringette in Canada and strives to be the premiere women’s sports league in the country. The league has 14 teams participating in two conferences – a Western Conference with three teams and an Eastern Conference with 11 teams. The objectives of the NRL are to move ringette into the mainstream of Canadian sports activity, encourage greater public awareness of ringette, create more and better competitive opportunities for athletes, and achieve positive financial results at both a league and team level. For more information on the NRL, including schedules, team rosters and athlete profiles, please visit our website at www.nationalringetteleague.ca.


For more information, please contact:
Alayne Martell
Media and PR – Ringette Canada/National Ringette League
Office: 613-748-5655, ext. 226
Cell: 902-308-1067