Scott Wayson had a challenging time being the sole voice for the local men’s ball hockey league last season, so he’s happy to see some help come on board this time around.
Wayson was the sole organizer of the Corner Brook Molson Men’s Ball Hockey League last year, but found out pretty quickly that there’s a lot of work involved in organizing a league with little support from fellow players.
“Last year it fell in my lap,” Wayson said of his decision to take over running the five-team league.
“Nobody wanted it. Nobody could commit to helping me out or anything like that, so I had to pretty much do it all myself last year.”
He admits it was tough being questioned on a lot of his decisions, but he did the best he could. He didn’t like making decisions that weren’t popular with certain individuals or teams, then bearing the brunt of the criticism.
He expects that will change for the better now that a full executive has been put together to run the league at the Pepsi Centre again this summer.
Wayson will be staying around to lend a hand as the league’s treasurer, while Robbie Greene of Benoit’s Cove has taken over the role of president. Brandon Porter is the vice-president and Jeremy Pye is filling the position of secretary.
Wayson expects to hold an executive meeting next week to iron out some details for the 2014 season, such as budgeting and the number of teams.
There was a time when the league had eight teams, but this past season it dropped to five. Having an odd number of teams posed a few challenges with scheduling, since it meant a longer schedule and one team getting a bye on a given week.
According to Wayson, the goal is to get the league back to at least six teams, but ideally he would love to see it grow to eight.
“A lot of guys that played over the years are gone away working and they can’t commit to playing in the league it seems,” he said.
He’s heard rumblings that there are at least two people who have expressed a desire to enter a team, but he’s not familiar with either.
He expects things will start to fall into place once he’s had a meeting with team representatives, and he’s expecting the league will start up in June.
“Whenever they tell me a definitive date when they’re taking the ice off, then we will start the next week,” he said.
For more information on the local men’s ball hockey league, contact president Greene at 632-3758 or Wayson at 640-4106.