News — 17 September 2014

By Chris Marchand

The Dryden GM Ice Dogs Junior ‘A’ Hockey Team announced a new corporate sponsorship agreement with regional electronics outfit Oshtugon Computers Inc. last week.

Announced Sept. 10, the partnership will endeavour to make improvements to the sound system at Dryden Memorial Arena.

Dryden GM Ice Dogs President Terry Menard say the agreement is important to the club in three ways.

“Firstly, the fans will benefit from receiving all the in-game information over a new and clear system,” said Menard. “Secondly, potential team sponsors will have the ability to effectively promote their company through in-game promotions. Thirdly, every other Dryden organization who relies on clear-sounding broadcasts will have access to this PA system. For all this we are grateful.”

Oshtugon owner Frank Head said it’s a good time for the Dryden location of the Sioux Lookout based business to get more involved in the local community.

“It’s exciting for us at Oshtugon to be involved in sponsoring this group and the arena,” said Head. “Dryden has become an important location for us and we value our customers here. What better way could there be to show our appreciation and to make our presence known?”

Oshtugon’s local operations manager Tim McNear says the system should be in place by the end of the month.

“The way technology works there’s always room for improvement as the years go on,” said McNear. “We’ve picked a speaker that is well known for arena or stadium type use. Each section (of the arena) will have its own speaker pointing toward the people who are sitting there.”


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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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