Saturday nights will continue to be Hockey Night in Liverpool for fans of the Liverpool Privateers Junior B Hockey Club. Team owner Jim Bottomley and the Region of Queens Municipality have entered into a two year Facility Rental Agreement extending the current agreement through to end of season 2018. The Liverpool Privateers will continue to call Queens Place Emera Centre home and hope to build on the successes of the past two seasons.
“We have tremendous fan support at Queens Place Emera Centre, and our team has been treated first class by the staff,” said Jim Bottomley, owner of the Liverpool Privateers Junior B Hockey Club, and Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame Inductee. “We are pleased to be able to call Queens Place home, and to play in what is one of, if not the best, facilities in the league. We are glad to be returning for two more years, and hopefully longer.”
Since Bottomley relocated the team to Liverpool in September 2014, the Liverpool Privateers has developed a huge following in Queens County, with fan support at the their regular season home games exceeding 400 spectators, and growing to more than 600 enthusiastic fans during playoff season. The team has a strong and loyal fan base from Queens County.
“Council is as thrilled as the fans to have the Liverpool Privateers at Queens Place Emera Centre,” said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “Not only does the team provide an exciting, entertaining sport experience that brings teams and spectators from across the province to our community, but having a team of community minded athletes offering elite hockey in our area is significant for the youth of our community. These young men are positive role models who interact with their fans young and old, and show the value of working hard and training. Saturday evenings at Queens Place has become ‘the place to be’ during hockey season.”
With an average of 17 regular season home games each year, and having made their way to the playoff rounds of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League each of the two years they have called Queens Place Emera Centre home, the Liverpool Privateers players and management have felt welcomed from the start. There is a loyal contingent of volunteers who turn out each week, a large number of season ticket holders, many enthusiastic fans, and significant local business sponsorship of the team.
“Right from the start, the boys have felt welcomed and supported by the community. They love playing here, and have been made to feel at home. The players give back to the community as well, getting involved in local fundraisers, parades and more,” said Bottomley. “This year, we would love to bring a Nova Scotia Junior B Championship here, and bring the win home to Liverpool and Queens Place.”
Queens Place Emera Centre opened in December 2011, and is known for its quality ice, and successful special events, as well as being home ice for recreational, competitive and elite hockey teams, including the Liverpool Privateers. Fans can enjoy the fast paced game in the climate controlled arena, or the community room bar, which has sound piped in, ensuring that they don’t miss a minute of the on-ice action.
The Liverpool Privateers will be holding tryouts in late August to early September, and will play their first home game of the season September 17, 2016.