‘People want the Caps, not the Q’

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Editor,

The City of Summerside has shown time and time again that they think they are something they’re not.

From mega concerts, to a 10-storey hotel at the Credit Union Place, to our current example; trying to get a QMJHL team.

I can’t see how the city would want a team here. If teams in Bathurst, St. John’s, Lewiston and Charlottetown lose money, you would think that a team in Summerside, with about 50,000 people less than the other cities, would loose money, too. Not only this, but the Summerside Western Capitals would likely be given a similar fate as the Charlottetown Abbies.

The Capitals thrive in Summerside. People go through minor hockey hoping one day to play for the Junior A team. They have shown tremendous support to the community, from something big like Christopher Perry, to small things like giving up their time to collect for the Salvation Army during Christmas. Who in their right mind would want the to see Caps end up folding or moving?

The attendance for the caps have always been among the highest in the MHL.

Also for the third time in the last five years the Caps have averaged more than 2,000 people per game in the playoffs. In this year’s playoffs they averaged 2,030 fans per game – that number I’m sure will go up following their victory over Woodstock. It’s also very close to the 2,151 people that the P.E.I. Rocket have averaged following two home playoff games this year.

What I am trying to say is, if the Caps have such high support, why doesn’t the city use that to their advantage? Keep trying to host events like the Fred Page Cup and the RBC Cup. Put some money into the minor hockey program to help develop players that can play for the Caps or even offer cheaper concessions to season ticket holders or even lower one of the highest ticket prices in the MHL. Maybe that would put the attendance over the top.

But after that, If the city insists on have a QMHJL team play in Summerside, perhaps the P.E.I. Rocket would play a handful of games in Summerside every year.

Maybe the the city thinks they are too good for the Caps? Maybe the think they think they can do better?

But the fact of the matter is the people want the Caps, not the Q. The city workers in city hall represent the people, not themselves.

Summerside, is perfect for the MHL and now that the Rocket are in Charlottetown to stay for at least three more years, and the Caps are going after the 2012 RBC Cup, I think it’s good timing for the City of Summerside to put their ego aside, give up, and support something the people want. Hopefully history won’t repeat itself.

Josh Gallant

Travellers Rest

Organizations: Capitals, Credit Union Place, RBC Salvation Army

Geographic location: Summerside, Charlottetown, Bathurst

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  • capsfan ninetyeight
    April 17, 2011 - 21:14

    Great article, this team is all Summerside needs and wants.... as far as I am concerned. I will not go see the Summerside Manians even if they were free! It is a shame and as far as I am concerned a crime that the Summerside city council is throwing the Caps under the bus for a pie in the sky Q team that will lose its shirt here in Summerside

  • Dianne
    April 04, 2011 - 20:05

    A very well written article. The Caps are Summerside's Team. City Council is way off base and out of touch with the people who they represent. I think its time they woke up and listened to us.

  • gussy
    April 04, 2011 - 12:18

    Ah yes,the boys at city hall will do anything to get the Q here.The "fact finding" mission to Moncton last week hopefully was productive for them. I wonder..........did they think of doing that before they used our coin to give to a California based company for a concert that will NEVER happen?..........me thinks not.The Q coming here is a done deal,you just have not received official word. I'm SURE the monies that sent them over there was WELL spent people.You can TRUST Terry and Basil ,correct?

  • ghost writer
    April 04, 2011 - 11:03

    Well put this is the way alot of people feel as well as myself basil i used to think you had common sense i hope you read this article and take it into your actions the caps have been here for a long time i would hate to see them disappear and a new team come in and be gone how would summerside like no hockey at all i see that the harlem globetrotters are making a stop in summerside this an example of events summerside needs to host at the credit union place and forget about trying to be as big as halifax or moncton

  • PAUL
    April 04, 2011 - 10:41

    YOU'RE RITE JOSH THE CITY SHOULD BE INVESTING IN THE CAPS. I WOULD RATHER SEE MY TAX $$ GO TO CAPS NOT THE "Q" WITH THE CAPS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU GOT AND CAN BUILD ON IT. THE "Q" IS A GAMBLE....... NOT WITH MY TAX $$$ THANKS.

  • Exactly
    April 04, 2011 - 06:43

    Well said Josh! If anyone disagree's with you they either work for the city or are just nuts.

    • valerie green
      April 05, 2011 - 12:55

      I too agree with Josh. We the fans want to see the caps stay in sside.Are u just not listening mayor Stewart we should be the ones who have the final say!! Can not believe u have done such a turnaround in the last few months.Put your money into minor hockey and let these up and coming hockey players be a WesternCapital some day!!!