Lack of commitment ices Lions
Tri-pen folds up shop
A lack of player commitment has forced the Tri-Pen Lions off the ice after the provincial major midget franchise made the decision to fold earlier this month.
The Lions, which featured 15 players from all over the Trinity-Conception region, were all set to square off with the Central Ice Pak in Lewisporte the weekend of Oct. 13-14 when word came down that it would be unable to ice a team for the pair of games.
“We had a practice and we only had nine roster players and five affiliate players show up,” said coach Rod Noseworthy. “We couldn’t get a commitment from 10 players.”
That practice was Oct. 11, two days prior to when the team was scheduled to be in Lewisporte.
After the dismal showing at practice, Noseworthy said the rest of the team members were contacted to gauge their commitment to playing high level hockey for the rest of the season.
Players who made the team were obligated to make three payments of $1,000 each over the course of the season.
The deadline had passed for the first payment, and the team was still waiting on some players to pay.
If the money did not come, the team would’ve had to find other ways to come up with the necessary money.
“We had tickets paid for Moncton, new jerseys coming, new suits coming,” said Noseworthy. “All that would’ve been left with us.”
Hurts the players
Noseworthy said he was “disappointed” that the team couldn’t get a commitment from a small number of players and parents.