LETHBRIDGE: Telus has come forward to support the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns hockey program.
They're giving $350,000 to the university, with the money going towards a women's dressing room at the Nicholas Sheran arena, as well as renovations to the men's facilities there.
Telus took $100 from the sign up fee of every new TV customer in the community over the last year, to come up with the money they donated Wednesday.
Women's Pronghorn Head Coach Chandy Kaipe explained that the team has been in place for over 10-years, and in that time they've had to move around to the different visitors room in the area, and store their equipment in their vehicles, sometimes leaving it wet and frozen.
Kaipe commented that with the new room, they can now have warm dry gear to get into. She added that more importantly, the team has a place to call home and it proves both the university and city are willing to put their support behind the womens team and not just the mens.
Another big boost that it gives the team is in recruitment. Kaipe stated that the U-of-L had been one of the only schools in the league that didn't have a designated locker room for their women's team, a fact that sent some potential players elsewhere.
Tony Geheran with Telus noted that the company was excited to get behind the Pronghorns, especially as Canadian hockey is seeing major attention across the country, from Vancouver playing in the Stanley Cup finals, to Winnipeg bringing in a new NHL franchise. He also explained that Telus is a firm believer in providing equal opportunities to all people, meaning the chance to help improve the facilities available to the women's team was one they couldn't pass up.
Both the new womens dressing room and renovations to the mens will be fully completed by the start of the next hockey season.