During the past few seasons, back-bench support for the Big Valley Oil Kings has slowly petered off, to the point where this season is now in jeopardy.
The senior AA hockey team plays in the Battle River Hockey League and last year took home the most trophies in the league. They finished in second place in the regular season, but were eliminated in the playoffs.
“We have reached a point of manpower issues that are wearing on the small group that remains with the team,” Dustin Edwards, the general manager, said. “We tip our hats to the sponsors, fans and volunteers who have supported us, but we need new fresh faces within the organization.”
The team currently is looking to fill the positions of head coach, trainer, equipment manager, game night announcer/music, 50/50 sellers, admission door workers, the occasional scorekeeper and clock workers, and directors to help with sponsorship and operations.
Attendance numbers are also something that concerns the team’s management.
“These roles are all volunteer, but (are) all major jobs with the team,” Edwards noted. “Our group of six to eight people just isn’t enough to keep the team going.”
The team has its general meeting on Sunday, Sept. 28, and that will be the day when the organization determines if it is going to keep going or if it is going to fold.
People interested in donating some time can contact team president Ryan Pietrucki at 403 885-7192, Edwards at 403-740-5483, or can email firstname.lastname@example.org.