Avalon Minor hockey taking Rogers Bussey Arena Inc. to court over lease dispute

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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.

Organizations: Rogers Busssey Arena, Supreme Court, Maple Leafs

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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Recent comments

  • They are no saints either
    August 09, 2013 - 10:07

    You hit the nail on the head with this comment. All these people commenting would do the same thing if they were owed the money the rink is owed. I heard it is around $25,000. I don't know how true it is but if it is any one else would do the same thing.

  • HM
    August 09, 2013 - 09:49

    Am I the only one who sees, that the reason the association, is not in the arena, is because thy did not pay their bills? Sure, it's easy to dump on the owners, for kicking them out, because 400 kids will be out of hockey, but my question is.,Where did the money go, that parents paid in fees. Why weren't the bills paid? The rink was bought so the Celtics did have a home. I'm guessing the association is starting to panic, because no other rink will take them,. Again you have to ask yourself..WHY? Why are we dumping on the owners, it should be the association, who has to answer. Just saying!!

  • They are no saints either
    August 09, 2013 - 08:00

    You have to ask why Capital Hyundiai Arena let them go before they moved to O'Hehir Arena. Why wouldn't another arena take them in right away if they are such a good tenant. We need to ask ourselves these questions. Also, since when have they dropped the Celtics name. I always thought they where the Avalon Celtics, but lately they are just know as Avalon, where is the pride to keep the Catholic heritage. It is easy to look at this quickly and jump on the side that is cute and fuzzy (400 kids), but cute and fuzzy isn't always as innocent as you think. The kids are the cute and fuzzy hiding the adult board members and administration who are helping mess things up. Peel away the kids and I think you might find the real problem.

  • Kc
    August 09, 2013 - 07:32

    This is awful on so many levels! I totally agree with both comments above. The fact that those 2 other clubs are worming their way in is disgusting!!

  • Kc
    August 09, 2013 - 07:00

    This is so aweful on so many levels! Rogers Bussey should be ashamed of themselves for doing this and not solving this issue for these 400 kids. To allow these 2 other teams to move in there is dispicable as well. I can tell you if this does not work out, I won't ever be going through those doors. Rogers Bussey, change your ads to "lowering the bar in the community"!

  • Ryan
    August 08, 2013 - 11:28

    It's a sad day when private enterprise is allowed to do what Roger Bussey has done to the AvalonCeltics. Hopefully the courts will step up and do what's right for the children of our community.

    • more amazing
      August 08, 2013 - 12:17

      What's more amazing is that you have a Major Midget league approve the move of both Leafs and Privateers to Bussey Arena fully knowing what it means for Avalon MH. These folks have long forgotten what Minor Hockey is all about!