It's a rosier financial outlook for the Battlefords North Stars as they head into the upcoming 2016-17 season.
At the team's annual general meeting, the financial report showed the North Stars took home $82,364.50 in net income for the 2015-16 SJHL season. This compared to a loss of roughly $8,000 for the 2014-15 season.
President of the North Stars Troy Slywka said it's a boost for the team to be in a better financial place.
"We're looking good going forward next year. So that's always the key thing, is that if we can survive year to year. We've always been a year to year kind of team, this year we don't have to worry about that so much," Slywka said.
Slywka credited the financial success to the North Stars first place season and following playoff run.
"The attendance numbers were up. We had a really great product on the ice and that helped a lot and the playoff run we made really helped, too," Slywka said. "Finishing first in the league, it did put a sweet taste in everybody's mouth this year and it was really nice to see that parlay into a full Civic Centre during the playoffs."
The increased revenue also allows the North Stars to have a bigger emergency fund for unforeseen costs.
"If something unexpected happen, we're covered," Slywka explained. "We don't want to say that we're going to lose any equipment or anything like that but unexpected things do happen and this way we're prepared for any mishap that does come forward."
Matt Kelly is battlefordsNOW's town municipal affairs and community reporter. He can be reached at [email protected]. Concerns regarding this story can be addressed to Geoff at 306-446-6397.
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