Update on WCSHL

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Updated: October 28, 2019
WCSHL Update

As previously reported, the Deer Lake Red Wings will be back in the West Coast Senior Hockey League. The Stephenville Jets have opted to take the season off.

According to the Jets, the team cited player shortages and some financial issues that resulted in it withdrawing from the current season. It is their intentions to return to action next season and will take the year off to plan its return in 2020-2021.

After calling a few open practices, Deer Lake had enough interest from players that it was able to ice a team, anticipating that it will be competitive for the league championship.

With the league scheduled to start on the weekend of November 22-23 with a 12-game schedule, there have been some changes to how team rosters will be determined. The big difference this year is that the league will be going with a draft system and dropping the size of the protected list from 16 skaters and 2 goalies to 13 players and 2 goalies for each team. Players wanting to play will be required to register for the draft after the protected lists are in place. Players will be assigned to respective teams out of the draft tha will occur.

The executive of the WCSHL as well as the teams see that this draft system will mean a more competitive league with more team parity, one of the founding principles when the league was initially formed.

One of the big changes that the league has noted this year is the desire to play for the Heder Memorial Championship, something that has not occurred since the league started operation in 2017. While this is not a given, it is being explored. It is hoped that this will result in more players expressing an interest to play and better hockey for the fans.

Should the WCSHL decide it is feasible, a plan will be worked out to ensure extra players can be picked up from within the league and an agreement put in place with any east coast league participating.

The good news at the end of the day is that there is hockey once again on the West Coast of Newfoundland.

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