Supporting Grande Prairie Storm
Advanced Safety Paramedics is a proud financial supporter of the Grande Prairie Storm, a local junior hockey team. Steve Lilly, an ardent hockey player and lifelong fan has supported local hockey in the Grande Prairie area for over 10 years. We will continue our support of this important organization in the Peace Region for years to come.
The Grande Prairie Storm is celebrating its 16th anniversary in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and 17th overall in 2011-2012, but junior hockey in the city stretches back over 40 years. The first junior team, formed in 1966, was named the Junior Athletics and played in the Peace Junior Hockey League. The team then became the North Stars and won several PJHL championships at the Junior B level and Peace Cariboo Junior Hockey League titles as a Junior A team. When Grande Prairie joined the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League, the name was changed to the Chiefs.
In the summer of 1995, fresh off the experience of hosting the 1995 Canada Winter Games, a group of local community-minded people – the Storm Founders – banded together to help the struggling junior franchise eliminate a $150,000 debt and get Junior A hockey back on track in the Peace Country. The debt was eliminated and a new community, non-profit, volunteer-driven organization called the Storm, flying under the Swan City Hockey Association banner, was formed.
Success both on and off the ice has been the tradition of the Storm since 1995. The team won the RMJHL league championship its first year and has been in the playoffs – including six final four appearances and one championship final – every year it has competed in the Alberta Junior Hockey League since joining the AJHL in 1996. The Storm also have the second-most wins of any team in the AJHL since 1996. The team owns every modern-day AJHL attendance record and capped off the 2008-2009 and 2003-2004 seasons by winning the AJHL championship. In 2004 the team hosted the Royal Bank Cup Junior A Canadian championship – where the team finished as the top team in the round-robin and ended up hosting the most successful RBC ever. The Grande Prairie event smashed the old Royal Bank Cup attendance record by over 9,000 and still holds the per-game average attendance record at over 2,700 and by clearing over $300,000 for the event has the record for profit from an RBC!