Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Adanacs for sale

If push comes to shove, the Coquitlam junior A Adanacs could be playing their final season on Poirier Street this summer.
The B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League club, along with its affiliated junior B, intermediate A and B Adanac programs, is officially up for sale after losing its 7:30 p.m. Thursday practice time to minor lacrosse.
That's the decision that junior Adanacs president Rocky Zimmerman and executive vice-president/general manager Ken Wood announced Friday following the city's support of the Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse Association's request for the coveted time slot.
It's a battle that also affects the Coquitlam senior A Adanacs, who have share the Monday and Thursday 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. practice time with the juniors for many years. As the junior and senior Adanacs see it, the issue is more than just about one 7:30 p.m. floor time -- it's about the clubs' ability to survive and thrive.
"It's not like we're asking for anything that we already didn't have. It comes down to providing the juniors and senior teams the same practice time that they've shared for many, many years," Wood said. "It's as simple as that."
Although a battle over midweek floor time has been simmering for two years, the city's use of the Facility Allocation Policy (FAP) to untangle a contentious issue caused Wood to fire off a four-page blistering press release Friday that accused the city of turning its back on the Minto Cup champions after 45 years of partnership.
While the disagreement over the 7:30 p.m. time slot also involves the Western Lacrosse Association's senior Adanacs' Monday practice time, senior Adanacs president and general manager Les Wingrove said the precedent is what worries him most.
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