WCSHL Aiming for Parity

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Updated: September 30, 2017

With league play scheduled for the 2017-18 season scheduled to start on November 17, teams of the West Coast Senior Hockey League (WCSHL) are not taking the success of last season for granted.  Teams are hoping to address some of the concerns heard from fans in previous versions of Newfoundland senior hockey and in the new league itself.

The league is based entirely on local players and that has attracted interest from the fans, with upwards of 3000 filling the stadiums last season during the brief exploratory pilot run.  Teams from Deer Lake, Corner Brook, Port Aux Basques and Stephenville are eyeing the players, trying to fill roster spots and sure up their respective lineups in a manner that will make all the teams competitive on the ice.  According to Perry Compton, the newly minted general manager of the Deer Lake Red Wings, teams must work towards a better balance on the ice.  “Fans aren’t going to come to 10-1 games,” he said, “You know that is not going to happen.  Parity is a big thing.”

These exact sentiments are echoed by the other coaches and league executive.  Some of the things being considered to achieve league parity includes introducing protected local rosters, an open draft of unprotected players and some form of waivers when a player is interested in playing elsewhere.

With an extended season, the league recognizes that keeping fan interest throughout the lengthened season is crucial for success.

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