Closure of Jack Byrne Arena forces league to postpone until next week at the earliest
The Penny Kia St. John’s Junior Hockey League all-stars will have to wait until next week, if not longer, to showcase their skills in its mid-season classic.
With another round of rotating power outages for Newfoundland Power customers Wednesday evening, Torbay’s Jack Byrne Arena closed at 5 p.m., officially forcing the postponement of the circuit’s 15th annual all-star game. “The decision was made by the Jack Byrne Arena as they got word of rotating power outages starting this evening,” says league registrar and statistician Chris Ryan. “We are now going to be working with the arena to reschedule for next week, if possible.” The league was prepared for the possibility of putting off the City vs. Avalon game given the unreliable power situation plaguing eastern portions of the island in recent days. The league is also in the process of rescheduling seven games lost to the blizzard and power outages this past weekend. Ryan says Wednesday's rolling blackouts has the league thinking ahead to this upcoming weekend’s five games. “It’s something that’s in the back of our minds, for sure,” Ryan says, “but if the arenas are open, and will stay open, we will go ahead with our regularly scheduled games.” The weekend’s schedule kicks off Friday night at the Southern Shore Arena in Mobile when the C&W Offshore Breakers (11-8-0-22 points) play host to the C.B.N. MoorFrost Stars (9-9-1-19 points). Game time is 7:40 p.m. On Saturday, the league’s top two teams meet when the first place Avalon Roebothan McKay Marshall Capitals (17-2-1-35 points) visit the St. John’s Hickman Automotive Group Caps (15-3-0-30 points), 8 p.m., at Twin Rinks. Meanwhile, the last place Trinity-Placentia I.J. Smith Home Building Centre Flyers (2-17-0-4 points) drop into the Robert French Memorial Stadium in Kelligrews to tangle with the CBR Assante Wealth Management Renegades (10-10-20 points) at 8:10 p.m. The Flyers host the Breakers Sunday afternoon, 2:30, at Whitbourne Stadium and the Mount Pearl Mark's Dakota Wild (8-9-2-18 points) take on the BK Services Celtics (5-13-2-12 points) 7:15 at Jack Byrne. email@example.com Twitter: @telykenn