No Herder, No CWSHL

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Updated: November 20, 2019

After months of doubt, it is now a certainty that there will be no hockey in the Central West Senior Hockey League (CWSHL). It also looks as though the Herder Memorial Championship is done for this year.

Sources have told Newfoundland Hockey Talk that this news comes as a result of all the East Coast Senior Hockey League Teams refusing to play interlocking games in Central.

Chair of senior hockey for Hockey NL has said “I wish I had better news to report.” He continued his statement to mainstream media indicating that when the Clarenville Caribous were accepted into the ECSHL, it left only two teams in the central league. In the 2018-19 season, teams from the east agreed to interlock with teams from central but they have refused to do it again this year.

According to Gale, “As it stands right now, we don’t have a Herder.”

This will be the first time since the 1990-91 season that the Herder Memorial Trophy will not be awarded. The Herder is the provincial “A” senior hockey championship and it would require making constitutional changes to make it a league championship.

This news leaves fans of the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts and Gander Flyers without hockey this year. The West Coast Senior Hockey League is set to start with three teams – the Deer Lake Red Wings, Corner Brook Royals and Port Aux Basques Mariners.

The Herder Memorial Trophy was started by Ralph Herder, a member of the family that formerly owned the St. John’s Telegram. It was named in honour of five of his brothers who were avid hockey players in St. John’s.

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