LETHBRIDGE HOCKEY HOUNDS
The Lethbridge Hockey Hounds have been proud supporters of hockey in Lethbridge since their inception over three decades ago. This group of devoted gentlemen continues to support not only the Hurricanes, but Lethbridge Minor Hockey, the Lethbridge Athletic Association and the University of Lethbridge Men’s Pronghorn Hockey Team. In it’s past, the group supported nearly every major hockey team to make it home in Lethbridge. This list included seasons with the Lethbridge Sugar Kings, the Lethbridge Native Sons and Lethbridge Broncos. The Hounds were also involved in bringing the Calgary Wranglers to town in 1987-1988, this team would become the Lethbridge Hurricanes as we know them today.
The Lethbridge Hockey Hounds were started in 1971 by Rex Johnson, John Kobal, Ralph Guzzi and Bob Snowden with an eight member group which now numbers 30+ volunteers. They supported the Sugar Kings, Longhorns, Native Suns, and the 1975 Winter Games. Their focus turned to the Lethbridge Broncos after their arrival in 1974. In 1987, their efforts were rekindled with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. In 1990, the Hockey Hounds were inducted into the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame and in 2007, they were inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in the Builder’s Category and were recipients of the Hockey Alberta Centennial Award in recognition of their support of hockey in Lethbridge. Through their 50-50 sales, they have contributed over $1.5 million in support of the Lethbridge Hurricane Education Fund.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes are proud to thank the Hockey Hounds for their continued support and hope that they will continue to be involved with the club for many years to come.
Profile: Lethbridge Hockey Hounds
History: The non-profit organization was founded in 1971.
• To support and promote hockey in Lethbridge and district
• Provide financial support of minor hockey
• Fund scholarships
• Contribute to the WHL Players Education Fund from the sale of 50/50 tickets at Hurricanes home games
Financial support for the above programs is earned by volunteer members of the Hockey Hounds association who provide services at all Hurricane home games, and events booked into the ENMAX Centre.
Members attend monthly meetings to make decisions about funding allocations and association activities.
The Hockey Hounds have an existing contract with the City of Lethbridge ENMAX Centre to provide guest services for all events. The Hockey Hounds also assist the Hurricanes by selling 50-50 tickets at all home games. Dress and event uniforms are provided by the association and are worn at all ENMAX Centre functions.
The Hockey Hounds Organization is Looking for New Members, if you’d like to apply, see below:
Wayne Kurtz, President
Phone: (403) 715-6437
Barry Marshall, Secretary
Phone: (403) 331-7751