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Defending champion Deer Lake Red Wings bowing out of West Coast Senior Hockey League

Members of the winning team were, from left, (front) trainer Joseph Hayes, Frank Layte, Zach Letto, Justin Compton, Luke Parsons, Stephen Simms, Ryan Penney, Shannon Moores, Gary Hynes, and Ryan Hancock; (middle) Josh Oake, Jacob Bennett, and Mackenzie Coles; (back) general manager Perry Compton, director of operations Clyde Williams, assistant general manager Beth Williams, assistant coach Shawn Hickey, Brady Morey, Josh Easton, head coach Darren Langdon, Michael Ricketts, Jalen Gillard, Scott Flynn, Ian Richardson, and T.J. Smith.
The Deer Lake Red Wings pose for a photo after winning the Cliff Gorman Cup as 2018 West Coast Senior Hockey League champions.

After winning the West Coast Senior Hockey League crown last season, the Deer Lake Red Wings have folded.

The team announced its demise on its Facebook page early Saturday afternoon.

According to the brief post, the Red Wings said it had no choice but to fold because of a lack of player interest.

The team’s executive said this was not an easy decision to make and thanked everyone who supported the Red Wings during the first two seasons of the newly formed league.

While the message ended by expressing hope of having a team again sometime in the future, it leaves the senior hockey league with just three teams: the Corner Brook Royals, Stephenville Jets and Port aux Basques Mariners.

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