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'Eviction notice' given to Garden’s headliners Correction

Thursday, February 07, 2013   by: Jamie LyleEditor's Note: Please note earlier it was reported in this story that The Lakers had a deal in place with the city, that information was incorrect. The Lakers are working on a deal with the city. We apologise for any inconvenience.


North Bay City Council put the wheels in motion on Monday evening to technically evict the Garden’s current resident teams.

The Nipissing Lakers and the North Bay Trappers now have the arduous task of finding new facilities for their ice time and games.

Councillor Dave Mendicino says the need for new arrangements has been known for some time, although even with an amicable relationship on both sides, it’s still hard to see things change.

Both teams have seen a great turnout and have produced highly entertaining sports events for North Bay’s hockey fans.

The Lakers Do Not have a deal in place with the city, but are working very hard to put one in place and stay at the Gardens, however, they are in a second dibs situation to the newly arriving OHL Battalion team.

In the case of the Trappers, nothing concrete has been announced but negotiations are underway at the West Ferris Arena and will most likely be announced shortly once minor hockey and other arena users can come up with a plan to accommodate everyone’s needs.

Mendicino also quickly put to rest rumours that the West Ferris Arena was to going to be upgrading its facility, saying that funds are already tight in order to get renovations to the Gardens under way and completed.

He says that a clause in the official Garden’s contract was all that the council needed to invoke the changes to give notice.

The craftily written document, enabling the city to move ahead to swiftly bring the OHL back to the city, speaks highly of those who organized the city’s arenas, with the foresight to include the ability to be very adaptive.

Council also passed other contracts, awarding portions of the upgrading contract without tender or bid (sole sourcing) in order to speed up work on the project.

In particular, the architectural portion of the 12 million dollar project was sole sourced by the city to Matthew Delean, who is notably the son of Lucien Delean, the original architect on the Memorial Gardens project.
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GWN 2/7/2013 9:24:44 AM Report

got to love the loyalty of North Bay. Welcome - we'll give you all the support we can - OH wait - never mind - who are you again?
wolfden 2/7/2013 11:21:01 AM Report

While it is nice to see the old West Ferris Arena get more hockey, one wonders how sucessful the move for the Jrs will be if there are no improvements made. Can't see fitting 20 Jr A players in those boxes very comfortably.
getreal 2/7/2013 11:29:19 AM Report

Those teams signed the deal. They knew what they were getting into.
munchie53 2/8/2013 8:41:51 AM Report

I think it is awful the way the city is treating these teams that kept the Gardens going because we didn't have the OHL teams. Do we forget out much revenue is brought into this city by students? This is all the more reason why we need more ice surfaces in this city. They would certainly get used!
Oldtimer 2/9/2013 5:19:25 PM Report

There has been very little shown as to how the City benefits by knocking out the University Team and the Trappers.

The OHL is eager to move... let them start at the Ferris Arena then pay for the renovations as their Fan base grows in this City.

The Trappers and Lakers have been doing good things for the City, it would be sad to see them losing after the renovations were put in for them to co-exist in the same arena.

Less than 1% decide for the rest of us attending? We really do fit in with the new economy.
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