Herder final will be played in Corner Brook and/or St. John's

Brendan McCarthy
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Herder Trophy - Telegram file photo

Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador will stand by a previous decision on venues for the 2012 Telegram Herder Memorial Championship Series.

Hockey NL announced Monday that all games in the 2012 provincial senior hockey final will be played at Mile One Centre in St. John’s and possibly at Corner Brook’s Pepsi Centre, depending on which Newfoundland Senior Hockey League teams make the final.

The decision rejects attempts by the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts to have Herder final games played at Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium in Grand Falls should the Cats make the final. Further coverage in a story by Kenn Oliver in Tuesday’s Telegram.

Geographic location: Corner Brook, St. John's

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  • dickie
    February 01, 2012 - 16:23

    bottom line is all about money and not the game. should be held in gfw if their fans want to pay 50.00 a game. Experience over the years is HNL is only worried about money. they had their minds made up last thursday but were afriad to say it at the meeting, put it off until phone conference so they would not have to do it face to face

  • Bill
    February 01, 2012 - 15:45

    If Grand Falls make the finals and they have to play Mt. Pearl (do they have a team in the league), would Grand Falls have to travel to Corner Brook to play home games, and than travel to St. John’s to play away games, how much will that cost the team. The Grand Falls fans will have to travel to Corner Brook for home games and if they would like to see the away games they will have to travel to St. John’s, should make for a good comic routine at the next review. Can Corner Brook and Grand Falls be in the finals, would that mean that the Pepsi Center would host all the games, home team Corner Brook one or two nights and Grand Falls the home team the next couple of games ( Who’s On First). That would be the cheapest way to have the finals. Maybe next year they could have a round robin series and play it at the Bell Centre, with over 21, 000 seats they could make enough money to play the next years series at the ACC.

  • trouty
    February 01, 2012 - 14:14

    another point to in previous years the Herder got great nights at Mile One the friday and saturday nights,with the Icecaps in 1st in their conference if they are in the playoffs it will start in mid April around the same time the Herder starts,so depending on where the Herder opens it may get pushed to weeknights

  • McLovin
    February 01, 2012 - 09:03

    Teams like Grand Falls, who are spending beyond their means, have nobody to blame but themselves for forcing HNL to make the decision to have the Herder Games in the bigger Centres. I think HNL should allow G-Falls to have their own home games, if they make it that far. Then next year when Grand Falls doesn't have enough money to pay their big imports, the team won't be competitive and the team will fold and hopefully the people from Grand Falls will finally shut up whining!!

    • don
      February 01, 2012 - 09:38

      To Mclovin....Grand Falls-Windsor is a thriving and prosperous community. They have run 26 successful Salmon Festivals and the economy couldn't be better. They don't need HNL's money to succeed. They won 11 Herders to date. Here's what I hope will happen: The Cataracts advance to the Herder finals. First game is at Mile One. The Cats come out for the warm up. They leave the ice for the usual ice cleaning and pack up and just quietly leave the building. This would stick to HNL and fools like you.

    • B
      February 01, 2012 - 11:22

      100% agreed

  • Turry from town
    February 01, 2012 - 08:29

    Artie! You baymen can remove the seats,then you can burn them in your woodstove.

  • ANON
    January 31, 2012 - 21:36

    Keep in mind when these games are played in St. John's and Corner Brook, bigger areans are used. That means more fans to pay money, more sponsorship to bring in more money. If the league doesn't play in St. John's/Corner they lose a good chunk of what they need to keep the league afloat. Face the facts, it's about keeping the league going not about filling a small arena for some locals who won't drive 4-6hrs to either Corner Brook or St. John's.

  • Edmund
    January 31, 2012 - 11:58

    HNL & Jack Lee with his executive should show some leadership and good business skills in their decision making process. They all seem to forget that we now have an AHL team and NO St. John's team in the NAHA senior division. That fact coupled with the fact that it is possible that two west coast teams may end up playing for the Herder means that the fans from St. John's who have supported the Herder finals, when they were starved for hockey without AHL, will have had enough hockey looking at the Ice Caps in addition to the cost for that product and the greater majority of the fans from outside the St. John's and Corner Grook locations who will have a huge expense in travel, accommodations and ticket prices will not be able to afford to or waqnt to attend. If that scenerio develops Jack and his merry men will have made a catistrophic mistake and the NL Senior Hockey League will be in dire straits. Why not have the teams, no matter who they are, play in their own barns and increase the ticket prices substantially to increase revenues. This has always been done in the past. Make it enough so as to meet the needs of the league and it's future. The fans, especially after this unnecessary escapade, will no doubt be in agreement to pay extra, have the games in their own communities (which they deserve) and Hockey NL will generate reasonable revenues. Local fans are worth the effort and are the lifeline for the leagues future. If you screw them now they will not be back for the regular season next year and with good reason. How would the St. John's Ice Caps fans feel if they had to travel a few hundred KMS to see the Ice Caps play their home games in the Calder Cup playoffs. I think they would protest and Danny would not be able to sell any more advanced season tickets for the regular season games and the team would be forced to move. Well local hockey does not afford the luxury of folding shop and moving. Suck it up Jack, you and your team have made a terrible mistake that could ruin Senior hockey in this province forever. Listen to the fans because it is them that decide the future of senior hockey in this province, not you or your executive.

    • Barry
      January 31, 2012 - 12:18

      Very well said Edmund.

  • turry from town
    January 31, 2012 - 08:42

    I have a solution! Take out all the seats at MileOne and Pepsicenter. Then all you landlocked baymen can stand by the glass to watch the games and feel at home.

    • Eli
      January 31, 2012 - 10:00

      TURRY...You're leaving out one little tidbit. Your blinkers-on solution won't reduce a fan's expense by one friggin' copper.

    • Artie
      January 31, 2012 - 17:40

      Turry, who would take the seats out ? The skilled Baymen tradesman who develope every poject in the province are in Long Harbour and Lab. City. All the engineers in town who would have to regulate the project are relocated Baymen who suffer through life in TOWN. On the bright side Turry with all the seats removed it would make an easier job for you to sweep up after an event.

  • Gerry
    January 31, 2012 - 08:39

    Although I think that this is a terrible decision, the teams are just as much to blame for this. They had a good thing going--East vs.Western--, but they too got greedy. Fans are the big losers because rivalries such as Corner Brook and Deer Lake for example no longer exist and this is is sad for the big supporter --THE FANS Shame on all of you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hockey Fan
      January 31, 2012 - 09:21

      Very poor decision by the Board of Directors of Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador. You are putting the almight dollar ahead of the fans who support their team all season and expect them to pay hundreds of dollars to go on the road to watch their team play a home game, only in Newfoundland. The cronies who are reponsible for this decision are more concerned about their next free meal or free trip then they are about hockey. a sad day indeed for hockey in this province.

  • DD
    January 31, 2012 - 08:17

    J. HARRIS, I doubt you'd venture all the way to Corner Brook with the associated expenses to see the playoffs when Corner Brook's turn comes around. I've been to these meetings and have a pretty good understanding of the prejudices held by people against other communities. Pitiful actually.

  • wtf
    January 31, 2012 - 07:59

    What a joke. The only team that will play in CB would be the Royals and it's not like they've been filling the stadium. GFW now have an added incentive to get to the finals and then announce they will be playing their "home" games at home in GFW.

  • j. harris
    January 31, 2012 - 06:58

    Get out the cheese and let the 'whining' begin. A team that hasn't even made it to the herder yet will cry hell to high water over this. If they don't make it, they'll be the biggest laughing stock this side of the sprung greenhouses. Save ya money and build a zoo, there will be enough whinocerous to fill it.

    • So sad
      January 31, 2012 - 07:51

      Yeah, it's not like they could win two years in a row. Gee that never happens. Yes b'y, go back to sleep.

  • skipper
    January 31, 2012 - 00:16

    another money grab from the smaller centres for st .johns they do not even have a team in the league.

    January 30, 2012 - 21:56

    DICTATORSHIP is alive and well in my home province. the grandfalls-windsor should now fold for the remainder of the season and the fans should demand their money back. its time you send HOCKEY NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR a strong message that you won" t be bullied by there DICTATORSHIP.