Lack of com­mit­ment ices Lions

Tri-pen folds up shop

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

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.

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