The Vancouver Giants will not be making a move to Abbotsford.
The Western Hockey League team’s five-year lease with the Pacific National Exhibiton’s Pacific Coliseum expires this summer, and rumours have been circulating that the team is looking for a new home.
Vancouver Giants owner Ron Toigo was seen at the Langley Events Centre on March 5 during the Vancouver Stealth National Lacrosse League game, and several media outlets have reported the Giants are negotiating with LEC officials about a potential move.
However, Abbotsford’s 7,000 seat Abbotsford Centre building, which has remained without a major tenant since the Abbotsford Heat left town in 2014, is off the table as a possible new home.
Toigo told The Province newspaper on Friday that he is not considering Abbotsford as an option for the Giants.
The LEC, which has a capacity of 5.276, currently houses the Stealth and the British Columbia Hockey League’s Langley Rivermen.
Read Wednesday’s print edition of the Abbotsford News for more on this story.