On March 28-30, I, like other Cataracts fans, travelled to Clarenville to watch the Cats and Caribous play games 3-5 of the Herder Memorial finals.
I spoke to many supporters of the Caribous who where disappointed by the lack of fan support by the home team. I was there a few years back watching the same teams and the place was full to capacity.
What happened this year?
Some fans blamed Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador (HNL) for raising the prices, taking 11 per cent of the gate and three dollars from each ticket going to the other teams in the Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Hockey League (NLSHL).
I know that many fans were outraged by the refereeing in games 4 and 5 â€” and this was fans from both teams.
I wondered many times, were they refereeing pond hockey?
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Present at the games where members of the NLSNL executive â€” could these people see the outrageous calls?
As for HNL, all they care about is the money that they make and put nothing back into the league.
Since the start of the playoffs I canâ€™t recall hearing any paid announcements made by HNL promoting the Herder Memorial Trophy.
To the executive: you should be ashamed to let such a historic trophy not be promoted and let such officiating ruin a great tradition and game. The first stars of games 4 and 5 were the referees.
Grand Falls Windsor