Lethbridge Hurricanes have been named the Western Hockey League Business of the Year Award winner, it was announced last week.
The Hurricanes were nominated as the Eastern Conference Business of the Year for the second consecutive season. The Canes were runner-up to the Everett Silvertips in 2018-19.
“We are super honoured to be selected as the WHL Business of the Year,” said Hurricanes general manager of Business Operations Terry Huisman. “There has been a lot of hard work by our team over the last few seasons to get to where we are, and we are super proud of the work we’ve been able to accomplish off the ice.”
In 2019-20, the Hurricanes had 123,069 fans enter the Enmax Centre for an average attendance of 3,970 per game, on pace to be the second-best attended season in franchise history. The average matched the Canes’mark from 2018-19.
“Our fan base has been great,” said Huisman. “They seem to be getting younger and more excited and engaged at every game and we finished pretty good (for attendance) which is really exciting, and you can tell the pride our fans have in the community.”
The Canes were very involved in Lethbridge and beyond, including initiatives in Coaldale, Magrath and Raymond as the Hurricanes provided presentations on leadership, anti-bullying, financial literacy and concussion awareness while connecting through attending minor hockey practices and helping to build positive skills on and off the ice.
In addition, the Hurricanes helped contribute over $163,000 to local communities and organizations.
“We are a big part of the community of Lethbridge and we take that seriously and we’ve focused on being a part of the community, helping the community and being represented in the community as much as we can,” said Huisman.