By Greg Sabatino - Williams Lake Tribune
Published: October 01, 2009 8:00 AM
The Williams Lake Stampeders are excited to welcome a new corporate sponsor, as Allteck Power Infrastructure Solutions has jumped on board with the historic hockey club.
“Allteck would like to make a bit of an impression of maintaining the current status in the community by supporting minor hockey and also the Stampeders,” says Robin Lucas, vice-president of Allteck’s northern and interior division.
Lucas says the decision to partner with the Stampeders organization was made easy because of his past ties to minor hockey in the community, combined with coaching and watching several of the current Stampeders players grow up playing hockey in Williams Lake.
“Our team [the Stampeders] is all local boys,” he says. “I look forward to helping the Stamps because I know most of the kids.
“Personally, myself and Allteck have sponsored hockey for a lot of years and we just want to continue that.”
As a non-profit organization the Stampeders say they are thrilled to receive the additional monetary support from Allteck, which designs, repairs, installs and maintains high voltage infrastructure across B.C., Canada and internationally, which will help cover expenses over the season.
Stampeders general manager Don Hanson says the support will create more cost security for the organization.
“It’s been a long time coming for something like this,” Hanson says. “It’s been 13, 14 years waiting for something like this.”
Stampeders president Marko Zurak says he’s appreciative of the support Allteck has given the club this season, and says the players, too, understand what it takes to run a hockey club in the Central Interior Hockey League, and are thankful.
“All our guys, the players, are appreciative,” Zurak says. “They understand what it takes to run a team. It’s greatly appreciated by all the executive.
“I’m sure it will work out tremendously for us.”
The Stamps open their season this weekend against the Smithers Steelheads on Saturday, followed by another game on Sunday.
Then, on Oct. 10 and 11, the Stamps play their first game at the Cariboo Memorial Complex, taking on the Kitimat Ice Demons for a set of weekend games.