(Reprinted with Permission – original article can be found here) One of...
Then There Were Two
The finals have now been set for the inaugural edition of the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League playoffs with the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts and the Clarenville Caribous slated to square off this coming weekend at the Mile One stadium in St. John’s.
Throughout the regular season, the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts and Clarenville Caribous battled for top spot in the league. Younger legs and a much better transitional game showed just how well adapted these teams were for this new style of hockey that had unfolded the past couple of seasons.
Unlike previous years, the championship series will see the winner of the league playoff series being awarded the Herder Memorial Trophy. Before the winners of the east coast league and the west coast league faced each other in a championship to award the top award.
Some of the fans have expressed a bitter-sweet sentiment over their teams making the playoffs. Teams have to travel to play any of the games and fans wanting to support their teams will have to travel as well.
It will be interesting to see what attendance will be like in both Corner Brook and the Mile One stadiums as initial reports put ticket sales at an all-time low.
Some of the best hockey is to be played during the Herder and Corner Brook/St. John’s hockey fans will likely miss out by opting not to attend.