A wait­ing list for play­ers

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“When the in­ter­me­di­ate league folded, the guys wanted to stay here and play, but they didn’t want con­tact, so they turned it into a re­cre­ation league,” said Shute.

There have been talks of drop­ping the word re­cre­ation from the name, be­cause of the high level of com­pet­i­tive­ness. But so far, it re­mains.

Five teams

Rickey King has been the time­keeper with the league for the past three years. He has seen the league evolve to a point where there are “less penal­ties and more skill and style of play.”

Orig­i­nally, the league had as many as eight teams vy­ing for the right to hoist the Ja­son Hard­ing Me­mo­rial Tro­phy as the league’s cham­pion.

Now, there are five core teams with play­ers rang­ing from the ages of 24-40.

A wait­ing list

Prior to the start of the 20112012 sea­son, Shute said the league was ap­proached by two teams who ex­pressed in­ter­est of join­ing, and bring­ing the num­ber of teams up to seven.

It is some­thing the league is un­able to ac­com­mo­date at the mo­ment, said Shute.

“That is some­thing we’ve looked at, but we can­not get the ice time,” he said.

There has been talk of try­ing to get a third hour of ice time at 11 p.m. Tues­day and Satur­day, which is when the league plays, but it is some­thing the league ul­ti­mately de­cided against.

“On Tues­day night, there is a work thing, and Satur­day night, peo­ple might have plans,” said Drover. “The 10 p.m. – 11 p.m. game is al­right, but 11 p.m. is bad. By the time you get out of the room it’s 12:30.”

The group has tried to ex­plore other av­enues to try and cap­i­tal­ize on the out­side in­ter­est by play­ers.

Drover said they have tried to ob­tain a third night dur­ing the week for games but it did not pan out.

“The ex­tra night just isn’t there,” said Shute.

Get­ting ice time at the S. W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace has been an op­tion that has also not panned out.

“They don’t have any ei­ther,” said Shute.

The best hockey for the best price

Drover and Shute said the name of the league might be a bit mis­lead­ing to peo­ple on the out­side.

“I think peo­ple would be sur­prised if they came here and saw the cal­i­bre of the game,” said Shute.

Drover echoed the pres­i­dent’s words.

“When peo­ple come up they see a good, fast game of hockey with­out hav­ing to pay to get in,” he said.

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