Thunder asks town for sponsorship

The Borderland Thunder has asked the Town of Fort Frances to be a sponsor.
In a letter received by council Monday night, Blake Bruyere stated the local Junior ‘A’ hockey club would like to see a sponsorship agreement “for financial support that would ensure the continuation of the Borderland Thunder for years to come.”
“Our team . . . has been quite successful in terms of league and season championships since 2001, however, the weight of our financial obligations associated with the team is proving to be major obstacle and one which is difficult for Couchiching to assume single-handedly,” he wrote.
“The economic landscape of Tier 2 junior hockey in Canada is dependent on revenues generated through admission sales at the games throughout the season, but primarily through corporate sponsorship,” Bruyere continued.
“We have been able to secure minimal support from the business community, but still require major financial support to keep this program afloat.
“The costs of the team are substantial in terms of coaching, ice rental, billets, and bus and hotel costs.”
Bruyere noted the Thunder has signed players from New Jersey, Minnesota, Alberta, California, Manitoba, and Northwestern Ontario over the past three years.
“The ultimate purpose of the program is to give young men exposure to scouts at the professional and college level,” he wrote.
To date, the Thunder has graduated two players to semi-professional hockey and another 13 to post-secondary institutions where they can pursue their education and still play the game.
“The program speaks for itself,” said Bruyere.
The Thunder’s corporate sponsorship packages range from $1,000-$3,000 in cost, and include perks such as season tickets, advertisements in programs, a logo on the team’s website, and so forth.
Council referred the request to the Administration and Finance executive committee for a recommendation.