Town, county to support Ramblers

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Club to go after next Fred Page Cup

AMHERST – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers intend to apply to host the 2017 Fred Page Cup, says team president Jim Henwood.

Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers president Jim Henwood (centre) joins Amherst Mayor Robert Small (left) and Cumberland County Warden Keith Hunter in signing a memorandum of understanding between the team and the two municipalities. 

AMHERST – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers intend to apply to host the 2017 Fred Page Cup, says team president Jim Henwood.

Participating in the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the team, the Town of Amherst and the Municipality of Cumberland, Henwood said he’s looking forward to bidding on the next regional junior A hockey championship after its bid to host last year’s event was turned down in favour of Truro’s.

“We have enjoyed our partnership with the town and the county in putting in our bid to host last year’s Fred Page Cup and we intend to go for it again for the 2016-17 season,” Henwood said. “We’re going to get it this time.”

Both the town and the county have come on board as $10,000 sponsor of the Ramblers for the 2013-14 hockey season. The agreement will be renewed after the submit submits its business plan to both municipalities early in 2014.

Henwood said having the two municipal units should help the hockey club leverage additional sponsorship in the way that Stephen Maltby and Mark Casey helped last year when CIBC Wood Gundy came aboard as the major sponsor.

“When you have the town and the county and the Maltby-Casey group on board as sponsors it brings a lot of credibility to what we’re trying to do here,” Henwood said. “From the day I took over as president I have worked hard to always be transparent and accountable. At the end of the day it’s still a community-owned team and with this agreement I have to be accountable to the taxpayers of both Amherst and Cumberland County.”

Amherst Mayor Robert Small said the team is an important part of the community and provides an economic boost on game nights during the season.

Cumberland County Warden Keith Hunter said the Ramblers’ organization is as much a part of the county as it is part of the town.

“I’d say that at least half the people going to Rambler games are from the county,” Hunter said.

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Organizations: CIBC Wood Gundy

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County

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