Calgary

Medicine Hat Tigers sign lease deal to stay in new arena

The Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers will be allowed to keep playing in the city’s newly built arena now that the team has signed a new lease.

City had given WHL team until today at noon to sign new agreement

The Medicine Hat Tigers have signed a lease agreement allowing the WHL team to keep playing in the new Canalta Centre. (Facebook)

The Western Hockey League's Medicine Hat Tigers will be allowed to keep playing in the city's newly built arena now that the team has signed a new lease.

The City of Medicine Hat served the team notice last month to vacate Canalta Centre by noon Thursday unless a long-term deal was reached.

The team said it took a year and a half to come to the new terms with the city and SMG-Canada, which operates the arena.

"It was unfortunate that a deal was not in place before construction began on the Canalta Centre, but the Tigers are very happy to have this process completed," the team said in a release.

"The key to moving negotiations forward was the assistance of the WHL office, by clearly defining guidelines that all WHL teams must have in their lease agreements."

The Tigers finished this season out of the playoffs.

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