February 3, 2012
VERNON, B.C. – Predator Ridge, the Okanagan’s premier golf resort community, announced today a preferred partnership alliance with Hockey Canada. The only partnership of its kind in Canada, Predator Ridge will become Hockey Canada’s summer home.
“Hockey Canada is very excited to enter into a special and unique partnership with Predator Ridge,” says Scott Smith, chief operating officer of Hockey Canada. “Hockey Canada remains very active in the summer as we prepare our teams, events and programs for the following season. This agreement will allow Hockey Canada to hold a number of events in the spectacular surroundings of Predator Ridge, while working towards a successful next season.”
The partnership will see Predator Ridge being used as a home base for a number of Hockey Canada’s summer activities, including charity events and meetings with players and sponsors. A heritage building at Predator Ridge has been rebranded as the Hockey Canada Log Cabin, available for group meetings and corporate functions starting.
“This partnership has evolved naturally. Hockey Canada players and alumni can often be found enjoying the facilities at Predator Ridge during the summer,” said Brad Pelletier, vice-president of Okanagan region at Wesbild Holdings, Predator Ridge’s parent company. “Hockey Canada is one of our most esteemed national brands and Predator Ridge one of Canada’s top golf resorts. The partnership will certainly further strengthen both as leaders in their respective markets.”
With 36 holes of championship golf and a diverse range of amenities, Predator Ridge is a natural fit for golf-loving hockey enthusiasts. The Okanagan region itself is known as a hotbed for hockey talent and a summer playground for NHL players and Hockey Canada officials.
“As a Vernon resident, Predator Ridge member and long-time supporter of Hockey Canada, I think this partnership offers great potential and I look forward to supporting it through events and legacy programs. The Okanagan has always been a hotbed of both sports and this partnership solidifies that leadership position,” says Ken Holland, general manager and vice-president of the Detroit Red Wings.
About Hockey Canada
Hockey Canada is the governing body for hockey in Canada and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), with a membership through its 13 provincial branch associations of over 700,000 players, coaches and officials.Hockey Canada is a not-for-profit organization that creates leading-edge hockey development programs for its members to deliver in communities across Canada, provides consistent rules and regulations and various other membership services from coast to coast, manages numerous regional, national and international hockey championships and events, and leads the operation of all teams that represent Canada in international hockey competition. Hockey Canada’s mission is to “lead, develop and promote positive hockey experiences. For more information, go to www.HockeyCanada.ca.
About Predator Ridge
Located in Vernon, B.C., Predator Ridge Resort is an exceptional place to vacation or to call home. The 1,200-acre award-winning development boasts 12 kilometres of natural wooded trails ideal for hiking and biking. Two critically-acclaimed golf courses are literally steps away – the legendary Predator Course, and SCOREGolf Magazine’s 2010 ‘Best New Course in Canada,’ The Ridge Course. A full-service newly renovated clubhouse, a golf academy, a state-of-the-art fitness centre with a 25-metre indoor pool, outdoor pools, luxurious accommodation and a robust calendar of events and activities offer guests a variety of options on the resort in addition to its convenient access to lakes, ski hills and wineries. Wesbild Holdings Ltd. owns and operates Predator Ridge Resort. For more information, visit www.predatorridge.com.