After a tumultuous spring P.E.I.'s top hockey teams are looking forward to focusing on the action on the ice for a few years.
Summerside Western Capitals general manager Pat McIver has just completed a difficult negotiation with the City of Summerside that will see his Junior A team remain at Credit Union Place for at least the next three years.
"It's a lot better than going on the one year deals that we have for the last three years," said McIver.
"We got three years, with an option for a fourth. So hopefully we don't have to go through this for a long time."
The Western Capitals missed two league deadlines before a deal with the city was finally announced. McIver is hopeful as the runners up in the RBC Cup last year Summerside fans will be keen to come out and see the team play next year.
That could be more of a challenge for the Charlottetown Islanders. As the P.E.I. Rocket, the Major Junior team struggled financially. A new consortium of 18 owners is hoping to turn things around at the box office.
So far, says team vice-president Trent Birt, the outlook is good. The team has already sold more than the 650 season tickets sold last year.
"It's been really overwhelming. We did a soft launch about three weeks ago, and we're up over 700 season tickets right now, and that's with no corporate," said Birt.
"We have some pretty lofty goals here for season tickets. We're looking to reach that 2,200."
The league is releasing the schedule for next season Monday night. Birt is hopeful that will help his team avoid scheduling conflicts with other Island sports teams.