October 1, 2013, Vancouver, BC – At the recent Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) conference in Vancouver, mayors from 16 particular communities are making things a little more interesting with a friendly wager.
The top local politicians from each of the 16 cities with BCHL franchises are answering the 2013-14 jersey challenge, initiated by Port Alberni Mayor John Douglas.
Douglas has challenged his fellow mayors to wear the jersey of the team that wins the 2014 Fred Page Cup at a subsequent council meeting.
“The jersey challenge is a really good opportunity to have some light-hearted fun and get the community involved in a friendly rivalry,” said Douglas. “It gets people interested in not only their local team but also in engaging rival teams and fans at their arenas.”
BCHL commissioner John Grisdale knows well the passion fans express when rival teams face off.
“Our teams receive great support from their respective communities some genuine rivalries exist between towns because of that,” said Grisdale. “With each of the mayors taking on the challenge put out there by Mayor Douglas, it only raises the level of interest and intrigue.”
The UBCM strives to represent and serve all local governments in B.C. The annual convention allows for the sharing of ideas and opens conversations on creating consistent and effective policies for all communities. Similarly, through its board of governors and various subcommittees, the BCHL aims to provide consistent standards and opportunities to players with each franchise.
“Our respective mandates share many similarities and we’re thrilled to have UBCM’s support this year,” said Grisdale. “We look forward to another successful season and salute the mayors for accepting the jersey challenge.”