Council blame Red Hockey for Dragons fall-out

Flintshire County Council says Red Hockey’s ‘inability to conclude financial and contractual arrangements’ in relation to Deeside Dragons Ice Hockey team is the cause of the breakdown between the two parties.

Red Hockey CEO, Wayne Scholes, confirmed yesterday that his company had parted ways with the Dragons, saying the Council were ‘intent on a course of conduct which can only be destructive to the interests of the club and the fans’.

Ian Bancroft, Chief Officer Organisational Change at Flintshire Council, released the following statement in response to Mr Scholes’ claims:

“Flintshire County Council, as of Thursday, 14 January, was hoping to resume operational responsibility for Deeside Dragons Ice Hockey team, who are based at Deeside Leisure Centre.

“Since the summer the Council has been in negotiations with Red Hockey Ltd to develop the ice arena and the team. These negotiations have broken down with both parties seeking an exit strategy to conclude relations.

“At all times Flintshire County Council has tried to reach agreement in a positive manner with Red Hockey Ltd. However despite best efforts this could not be achieved given Red Hockey’s inability to conclude financial and contractual arrangements with us.

“The Council made clear it’s position to Red Hockey early last Thursday, after seeking unsuccessfully a number of reassurances through normal communication channels about Red Hockey’s willingness to complete contracts.

“The Council is committed to ensuring protection of the interests of the team and ice hockey in Deeside. Insecurity and indecision about future arrangements would not have helped this to be achieved.

“As a result, the Council will be supporting the team to move forward with the intention of ensuring its continued involvement in the league this year and the future operation of the team.

“While we are disappointed the relationship with Red Hockey Ltd has not progressed as planned, we will work with Deeside Dragons and the ice hockey league to find the best way forward for the team.”

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