If the battle between Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador and the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts is just starting over hosting venues for the Herder Memorial Trophy finals, the two sides will do so without senior chairman Bill Noseworthy.
Fed up with what he calls "false statements" coming out of Grand Falls, Noseworthy resigned as Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador's Senior Council chairman Friday.
"We made a decision in September which we thought was in the best interest of senior hockey," said Noseworthy of the decision to stage the Herder final in Mile One Centre and/or Pepsi Centre.
"And now there are false statements coming out of Grand Falls-Windsor, and as a volunteer, I don't have to put up with it."
Noseworthy told The Telegram at least three senior league teams are struggling to survive, with budgets in the, "hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Where will it all end?
"Profit from the Herder will go a long way helping out the other senior teams. But Grand Falls does not give two hoots about any other teams. The Cataracts make themselves out to be poor victims, who knew nothing of this decision. But they are not poor victims. Far from it."
At HNL's semi-annual meeting in September, Noseworthy said sites and dates for the Herder final was on the senior agenda. He acknowledged Grand Falls didn't agree with the idea of playing home games either in St. John's or Corner Brook, but in the event they to do so, could the Cataracts choose between the two rinks.
"I said absolutely yes," Noseworthy said.
He said the resignation is effective immediately, but Noseworthy will work the next few weeks until the transition is made to a new senior chairman.