Future of Senior hockey in the province

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Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:32 am

After everything that has happened over the past year (and we don't need to beat a dead horse) what does the future of senior hockey look like to people in the province?

It was almost four leagues this year. Would something like that work in the long haul. Two rounds of playoffs involving the four league champions for the Herder?

Move to a two tier system and have something resembling a province wide league that could play for the Allan Cup and a lower level league?

I follow this from a far (Massachusetts) and see only three provinces with senior hockey even being on peoples radars (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland/Labrador).

Just wanted to put this out as a starting point so maybe some can make their voices heard and put all of the unfortunate events of the past year in the past and move on to the future. Complaining has its place but I think constructive discussion could produce results. Finger pointing just puts everyone on the defensive and closes people's minds.

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Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:18 pm

There is an assumption in some quarters that a provincial league is the goal. the Avalon East Senior Hockey league is an amateur league that provides hockey for players and has been doing so for half a century. The teams rely on corporate sponsorship rather than attendance to pay the bills. The players in this league aren't here because they can't pay their Visas. They just like hockey. Ask them if they would like to go on the road on a weekend and be away from jobs and family or school and you'll get the answer in a hurry. The Central league is stronger because they pay players and there is nothing wrong with that if they can draw the fans to do so.
That's my quick reply .I think the league in the east will go on successfully on its own ....and wish other jurisdictions well. They ended up playing interlocking games this season as a kind of payoff to Hockey NL for helping it out of the CeeBees situation.

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