The Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) Board of Governors has approved the transfer of ownership of the Whitecourt Wolverines to Craig Kibblewhite and Jason Fischer.
The new ownership group currently operates Parkland Hockey Group, which provides a full range of player development camps and clinics in and around the Edmonton area. In addition, they operate Parkland Hockey Academy as part of Parkland School Division’s sports programming.
“We are excited to join the AJHL and help with the continued success of the league,” stated Craig Kibblewhite. “Being around the game at an elite level, we enjoy developing young athletes and watching them strive at their highest potential. With owning an AJHL franchise, we get to help these athletes achieve their goals. We are excited to be part of the Whitecourt Wolverines and the Whitecourt community and look forward to many years there.”
In April 2012, the AJHL Board of Governors approved relocation of the St Albert Steel to the town of Whitecourt under the ownership of Brent Stark. The Whitecourt Wolverines joined the AJHL North Division for the 2012-2013 season.
“It is exciting times in Whitecourt for hockey,” stated Brent Stark. “I am confident this new ownership group of Craig and Jason, along with the community support, will take hockey in Whitecourt to new levels. My confidence in the group and their abilities was enough for me to make the final decision to sell them the team.”
The AJHL will return to 16 teams in 2021-22 with the addition of the Blackfalds Bulldogs for their inaugural season. Each team will compete in a 60-game schedule, including 16 interlock games, and two regular season games at the Annual AJHL Showcase. The Whitecourt Wolverines will open the 2021-22 AJHL Regular Season on Friday, September 17th at the Scott Safety Centre with back to back games versus the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.