Kingston bids to host Sens rookie camp

MIKE KOREEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

KINGSTON — An Ottawa Senators-hosted rookie camp with four NHL teams could be coming to the Invista Centre next September.

Last night, Kingston city council approved a bid headed by the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO) to host next year’s camp — featuring practices and six exhibition games — Sept. 10-14.

The value of ice time and additional costs related to space and customer service that the city would give up is estimated at $11,000.

The city figures it can bring back revenues with ticket sales for six exhibition games. The report to council states that organizers believe they can “easily generate a minimum of $10,800 in revenues to the city.”

Lanie Hurdle, director of recreation and leisure for the city, said by charging as low as $6 for tickets, the city can break even. At least a couple of other Eastern Ontario communities are expected to submit bids to host the event. The Senators expect to make a decision on a site before the end of the year.


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