As a result of multiple meetings this past weekend with team representatives of the Mount Pearl Blades and Conception Bay North Cee Bees, as well as league representatives of the Avalon East League, Hockey NL was unable to establish a league for the two teams to play in as of this date.
Hockey NL executive members have been working with all stakeholders over the summer to mediate a solution to the Senior hockey restructuring and to ensure there is hockey in Mount Pearl and Harbour Grace this coming season.
Hockey NL President Jack Lee, said, “We sanction teams and leagues and we govern hockey, but our role is not to run hockey leagues. We will work with the two teams to see if they can find a third team to establish a league, and we are also open to allowing the teams to register in some other format or timeframe, to sustain hockey in these markets”, said Lee.
Hockey NL understands the geography concerns and the need to have Senior A category hockey again in the West and in the East, and hopefully this can be accomplished in the very near future. They also understand the diversity of concerns from all senior hockey teams in the province and are regretful that an arrangement could not be made for these two teams. The provincial association also understands the disappointment felt by the fans in these communities, and is confident hockey will be preserved in these historical hockey communities.
For more information please contact,
Executive Director, Hockey NL
P.O. Box 176
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL