Noseworthy resigns as HNL Senior Council chairman

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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.

 

Organizations: Senior Council, Fed

Geographic location: Grand Falls, St. John's, Corner Brook

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  • Dave barker
    January 15, 2012 - 17:39

    As a Cataract fan I don't like the idea of playing the finals(if the Cats make it) out of town, all year long the Cats get great support and come finals pack your bags for road trips. In one way it is the people's fault in GFW because in 2003 a new arena should have been built but the one's responsible made a dumb mistake. If HNL is concern about the finanical problems with other senior teams why don't they help, HNL has over $700,000 in the bank. I don't know who is telling the truth but it will all come out. The senior league is getting back on course I hope this dosen't give the league a black eye. To the fans in Corner Brook,Mount Pearl and Harbour Grace support your team it takes awhile to build a winner.

  • John Martin
    January 14, 2012 - 12:48

    Well who would have thought that senior hockey teams would be in debt thousnds and thousands of dollars! You knew that when teams started paying players then this would happen, didn't you Mr. Noseworthy? You must have! I don't blame Grand Falls or Clarenville (but they know the benefits of Mile One) for that matter, they have full houses and plenty of supporters. But the downfall was that Mt. Pearl and Conception Bay Ceebees thought they could compete with those two! Plus Deer Lake couldn't survive and joined with Corner Brook to form one team and they are having problems! Get your heads out of the sand....you are going the way of the dinosaur!!!