Senior hockey return to west coast gaining steam as key players roll up sleeves

Dave Kearsey
Published on January 3, 2017


Seeing senior hockey revived on the west coast is something Andy Brake sees as a strong possibility.

The vice-president senior council attended a meeting with representatives from four west coast centres eager to bring hockey back.

Brake came away from the meeting with optimism after seeing Corner Brook, Stephenville and Port aux Basques indicate they are ready to entertain a senior hockey league with only local players.

Brake wants to find out who will be involved with running and supporting a team out of Deer Lake.

It’s still in the talking stages, but they are looking at having a shortened schedule or a few games in each centre in the next month or so to gauge fan interest. It doesn’t look like a league will start until next season to allow for teams to raise funds and get things in place for a full season.

Brake says Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador is willing to support the league in any way it can to have senior hockey being played on west coast.

The costs of having players carded for insurance purposes is something teams listed as a concern if they were going to hold a few games this winter, but Brake says HNL is willing to ease the burden if league organizers opt to play some hockey this winter on an experimental basis.

 “... We have (HNL's) blessing and they’re going to do their best to keep our costs down for us insurance wise.”

Brake is holding an open public meeting tonight 7 p.m. at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex with hopes of forming a committee and finding a general manager to run the team.

Art Barry, the driving force behind the Stephenville Jets, was impressed with how things unfolded at the recent meeting and expects more decisions will be made when the group meets Sunday.

Barry will be hosting another open meeting on Thursday for anybody interested in bringing the Jets back.