By Lethbridge Herald on October 25, 2013.
I would like to stress the purpose of this message is not to kick this organization while it is down, but simply to express my strong interest in wanting to be a part of it.
I was born and raised in Lethbridge and I have a huge interest in the success of hockey as a sport at all levels in this city.
Whether through my minor hockey sponsorship, the Ver-Set hockey school which I own with Devin Setoguchi, or giving back to the hockey community with my time, I try my best to stay involved and contribute to the growth of the sport in Lethbridge.
Career-wise, I have two goals: I want to win the Stanley Cup with the Florida Panthers; I want to be a part of the Lethbridge Hurricanes organization and help move the franchise to the next level.
The 1997 Hurricanes hockey team, which went to the Memorial Cup final in Hull, Que., brought a lot of promise and excitement to all Lethbridge hockey fans, including myself. After so many years, fans deserve that feeling again.
I am not here to make any guarantees or predictions but with my experience as a professional hockey player, combined with the successful business people that are dedicated with me, I have confidence that we as a group will work hard to bring that same excitement back.
My heart is with this team, as many people in Lethbridge know. My partners and I 100 per cent guarantee that we would keep this team in Lethbridge. We want to make it a place for families and hockey fans to enjoy the game and have fun on a nightly basis.
My one regret is how my career ended with the Hurricanes. That doesn’t change how I feel about the team I grew up watching and cheering for with my family as season ticket holders.
Both my brother and I were lucky enough to play for our hometown team. My dream now is to change my last experience with the organization into a positive one.
There are many hard-working people in Lethbridge that contribute to moving hockey forward and bettering it for children who play, as well as fans who enjoy watching the game. That list includes the board members, volunteers, and billet families of the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the countless minor hockey volunteers in Lethbridge.
Ultimately, the future of this team is up to the shareholders. I hope to show them I, and the people involved alongside me, have the best interests of the Lethbridge Hurricanes at heart and want to make the organization a successful WHL hockey club.
— Kris Versteeg
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