WCSHL Season Moving Forward

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Updated: September 29, 2017

With the Deer Lake Red Wings confirming they will participate in the 2017-18 West Coast Senior Hockey League, league president Andy Brake has indicated the season will start on November 17.  The announcement came after the Red Wings announced that Perry Compton would take over as general manager while former GM Clyde Williams remaining with the team in an advisory role.

Brake said that one of the key concerns for the league is to ensure that all four teams participating have parity.  “Without parity, we don’t have longevity.  We feel we have to do it right,” said Brake, as he talked about a potential solution in the works.  While he would not elaborate on the details, he indicated the issue should be resolved shortly.

At the moment, three of the four venues for league play has confirmed the 18-game schedule.  Each team will be playing three home games and three away games at each venue.  The playoff format will see the first place team face off against the fourth place team, with second and third place battling it out before the championship series.  The length of the playoff series has not yet been determined.  Brake did indicate that the championship team will not be playing for the Herder Memorial Championship.

The WCSHL will focus on building the league at this point, focusing on building strong connections within the community and building on the tremendous support shown last season.  The key according to Brake is to build on the successes of last season that saw local players show they are playing for their communities and playing with a tremendous amount of heart.

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