No for-sale sign on Chilliwack Chiefs says team president

Chiefs president Glen Ringdal (left), seen here during a January press conference, says
Chiefs president Glen Ringdal (left), seen here during a January press conference, says 'categorically' the team is not for sale and while Harvey Smyl does not have a contract for 2014-2015, that doesn't mean he won't be back.
— image credit: Paul J. Henderson

Contrary to rumours, Chilliwack Chiefs president Glen Ringdal says neither the team nor Prospera Centre are for sale.

"Same old story," Ringdal told the Times Tuesday. "Categorically the team is not for sale. Never has been.

"We have said we would welcome a local partner and none have been forthcoming so far. Every six months the rumour goes around."

Ringdal also said flat out that Prospera Centre is not for sale.

Both the Chiefs and Prospera Centre are owned by Chiefs Development Group Ltd.

As for a further rumour circulating that Harvey Smyl, coach and general manager of the Chiefs, would likely not be back for the 2014-2015 season, Ringdal said that it was too early to tell.

While Smyl does not have a contract for next year, that's not unusual. Until two years ago, Smyl coached the Chiefs year by year, operating on handshakes. In spring 2012, however, he signed a two-year contract, which ended after this season ended on March 1.

"We haven't even met yet," Ringdal said. "We met earlier, but we put it off until the season was over and it just ended and yesterday he had to do team cleanup so we will be meeting this week."

Ringdal added that he "would expect" Smyl would return, but he couldn't confirm anything until they have met.

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