Sign new three-year contract for use of the facility
By John Browne
The Avalon Minor Hockey Association and Rogers Bussey Arena have reached an out-of-court settlement in their dispute over the termination of the association’s rental agreement for use of the facility and have signed a new three-year contract.
Avalon Minor Hockey Associating president Aiden Craig told The Telegram the agreement was negotiated over the past four or five days and finalized Monday.
“We’re absolutely delighted things have worked out,” said Craig. “We’re very happy that the season will start shortly and none of our member players will be affected.
“It’s good, I guess, that the negative stuff went on during the summer months and not during the hockey season.”
The minor hockey association decided to take legal action against Rogers Bussey Arena Inc. in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador when, shortly after last season ended, the association was notified by the arena's owners and operators that a five-year agreement signed in August of 2012 was terminated due to alleged breach of contract.
The arena owners had claimed the minor hockey association did not use all of its slotted icetime last season and owed more than $25,000. They said the association booked the icetime but did not use it all.
The association claimed it owed only $5,450.
When asked if the association had to pay back any money the arena said it owed, Craig replied:” I’m not going to get into any particulars — money or otherwise. We basically agreed not to do that.
‘We just felt that once we had a deal that both sides were happy with, we’d put everything aside and move on,” Craig said.
“We’re very happy with the deal and that nothing gets interrupted from the hockey perspective.”
The Avalon association, which includes 400 players from ages four to 18, is expected to begin the new season in early October.
Craig said the length of the new deal was a “compromise,” but added “We certainly hope to have a long-term relationship with Rogers Bussey.”