With the minor hockey season fast approaching and no resolution to a lease agreement dispute, the Avalon Minor Hockey Association is proceeding with legal action against Rogers Busssey Arena Inc. in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.
In press release issued at midnight on Tuesday, Avalon minor president Aiden Craig says the move was made to “protect the interests of the 400 children which make up the association, and who have used Rogers Bussey Arena (formerly O’Hehir Arena) as their home rink for the last number of years.”
Not long after the minor hockey season ended, the association was notified by the arena's owners and operators that the five-year agreement signed in August of 2012 was terminated as a result of breach of contract.
At the time, neither side was willing to divulge the reasons for the termination, but Craig told the Telegram that they would “seek reinstatement through whatever means necessary.”
This coming Monday, the court will hear the associations injunction application that seeks to prevent the arena from renting ice time that would normally be used Avalon Minor. On Aug. 23, the association will take its case to the court to let it decide if the contract stands up.
“We seek to have the Usage Agreement of Aug. 22, 2012, originally negotiated for five years, deemed valid and in force,” the press release reads.
In early July, Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador waded into the contentious issue by not allowing any major midget teams to use the facility as their home ice for the upcoming season.
Two teams from Newfoundland Major Midget Hockey League provincial major midget circuit, the St. John’s Maple Leafs and St. John’s Privateers, were looking to move from their respective homes — Capital Hyundai and Goulds Arena — to Rogers Bussey. The move was approved by the league.
This article has been updated.