Hockey Canada’s appeals committee has overruled Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador’s (HNL) one-year suspension of junior B hockey coach Brian Cranford.
HNL elected to suspend Cranford after his Mount Pearl Mark’s Work Wearhouse Junior Blades failed to attend the opening ceremonies and closing banquet for the Don Johnson Cup Atlantic junior B championship held at Torbay’s Jack Byrne Arena in April.
Cranford and the Blades maintained the reason why the team did not attend the off-ice events is because most of the players were studying for exams.
The appeals committee determined, “the decision to suspend Mr. Cranford should be overturned effective immediately.”
Hockey Canada does not comment publicly on the appeal committee’s decisions.