Summerside moving on after Storm
The city of Summerside says it's finding ways to fill the void left after losing its National Basketball League of Canada team to Charlottetown.
The Storm signed a memorandum of understanding to play at the Charlottetown Civic Centre for the 2013-14 season.
J.P. Desrosiers, Summerside’s director of community services, said with more ice time available Credit Union Place has tentatively lined up 16 minor hockey tournaments this season, compared to 9 last year.
"You know, when you can bring in 20 to 30 teams with moms and dads and brothers and sisters and grandmothers and aunts and uncles in for a weekend and multi-night stays, you know, that's very impactful for our community and something our tourism sector desperately needs," he said.
"So, focusing more on that will have a great impact."
DesRosiers said even with the club gone, the arena will hold onto its basketball court. He said it's a chance to attract basketball tournaments and training camps to the facility.
The Storm had played in Summerside since their league debut in 2011.
The club cited better access to corporate sponsorship as its main driving force in its decision to move.