After folding in 1989 due to unsustainable budgets, the West Coast Senior Hockey League is coming back to the island.
President of the Port aux Basque Seniors Marlins, Shannon Battiste, says it’s exciting news for people on the west coast.
He says they struggled for a long time to get hockey on the go on the west coast, and now that it’s coming people always ask him when are things going to kick off.
The league includes the original four teams in the West Coast Senior Hockey League including the Port aux Basques Mariners, Stephenville Jets, Deer Lake Red Wings and the Corner Brook Royals.
The club’s are meeting today to put together a schedule but Battiste says they are holding their first game in the first week of March, and this time it’s sustainable.
He says they are not allowed to import or pay players, which he says killed the league back in ’89, and although funding isn’t there to pay players the games bring in revenue to the towns and brings hockey to people who have missed it for too long.