The chance of a junior B team coming to Williams Lake became much more of a possibility Thursday following an announcement made on Facebook.
Rob Sandrock — a professional hockey player born and raised in Williams Lake with more than 16 years of pro experience — revealed he’s been managing the page, “Williams Lake Jr. B Hockey,” and said he’s formed a management team with Total Ice Training Centre’s Tyrel Lucas and Speedy Petey’s Car Wash and Lube’s Ryan Bailey about bringing a team to the lakecity.
“[This group] has the knowledge and experience to succeed,” Sandrock said via the announcement. “Tyrel has been developing hockey players for the past seven years and with his facility will give junior players the training and instruction that other teams can only dream of.
“Ryan … a well-established accountant and brings a wealth of business knowledge to our group.”
Sandrock, who has a masters degree in sport management, said the trio has a deeply-rooted passion for the game, Williams Lake and the next generation of hockey players.
“We are here to bring an entertainment option to Williams Lake while providing local hockey players the opportunity to stay and play in their hometown and create positive role models for our younger youth,” Sandrock said.
“While we may be the driving force trying to bring a team to Williams Lake it will be your team, Williams Lake’s team and will be treated as such. Without you, we will not be successful. With you, we can create something the whole city can be proud of, to call theirs and to be a part of.”
Sandrock said the management team will be arranging an information forum in the near future to create an opportunity to answer any questions from the public.
Until then, he said he can be reached with questions and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on his Facebook page, “Williams Lake Jr. B Hockey.”