Teams in new senior hockey league explain decision to break away from NLHSL

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Will be called Central-West Senior Hockey League

A press release from the new Central-West Senior Hockey League, which involves four teams — the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts, Gander Flyers, Western Royals and Clarenville Caribous — who are breaking away from the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League (NLSHL), effectively ending operations of the latter after three years of existence.
The new league will operate with each team playing a 24-game schedule in the 2014-15 season.

Caribous VS. Royals

The press release issued earlier this afternoon:

At a special meeting Tuesday night, the four teams who recently gave notice to the Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Hockey League, that they were withdrawing from that League, formed a new Senior Hockey League to be known as "The Central-West Senior Hockey League." The new league will have teams from Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor, Gander and Clarenville. A framework for operating the league was unanimously approved by the representatives from management for the Western Royals, the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts, the Gander Flyers and the Clarenville Caribous.

All teams are confident that the new Central-West League will rekindle some of the old rivalries from the "old" West Coast Hockey League. A primary goal for all the teams involved in the new senior hockey setup is to bring back scheduling of games that have teams playing at home every second weekend. Long layoffs and scheduling difficulties were cited by all representatives as a big problem in the province-wide league. The former province-wide format also involved more costly operating and travel obligations that the four teams in the new league feel will be eliminated. The league will play a 24-game schedule, similar to other years.

All teams expressed excitement for the upcoming hockey season, and are very optimistic that fans will also be excited to come out to watch. A more tightly knit league and scheduling two home-game weekend play every second weekend will be a plus for making the new league fan friendly. 

Approval of the new league's constitution and bylaws, along with the election of a new executive, will be completed at a meeting of team representatives to be held in Gander this weekend. Once this has been achieved an application for approval of the new league will be forwarded to HNL.

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Hockey League, Central-West Senior Hockey League, Central-West League The League

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Grand Falls, Clarenville Ganderthis

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  • Luke
    June 04, 2014 - 20:09

    Personally it's a great idea. Save the expense of travelling east for potentially two straight weekends to play the ceebees and mt pearl. Less travelling means more money in the team's bank account. If anything the ceebees and mt pearl should benefit if they form a new avalon east league or allow themto join the existing league. Low fan support and little revenue coming off the gate, fhen having to travel across the island must put these teams in the red. It makes sense, travel within the region and save some money to keep these two teams afloat. Works for me if they want to keep senior hockey alive here on the rock.

  • DC24
    June 04, 2014 - 14:59

    Gander sure will revive old rivalries? Another league that will fold again soon. HNL should let them go ahead and do what they want, and take away the herder. The trophy is meant for amateur hockey players and not paid imports. Let the Avalon East league play for the herder with all local hockey players. As someone said in an earlier post yesterday, they'd go and support a local player working in the community and not some 4th line ex OHL'er with no ties to NL.

  • Too Funny
    June 04, 2014 - 12:15

    "rekindle some of the old rivalries from the 'old' West Coast Hockey League." What old rivalries?? There's no history to have "old rivalries". What old rivalries do new teams, Gander and Western Royals, have? They can repackage it all they want but the product is still the same and the people aren't buying what they're selling. Forget the fact that Clarenville is an east coast town now playing the "central-west" league.