Caribous GM says CWSHL looking for fourth team
Hapgood: ‘every possible thing being done’ to bring hockey back to Clarenville
The Clarenville Ford Caribous — along with the two other teams in the Central West Senior Hockey League (CWSHL) — the Grand FallsWindsor Cataracts and the Gander Flyers, are looking for a fourth for this upcoming season.
Caribous general manager Ivan Hapgood told The Packet the teams met on Monday, Aug. 21, to discuss the future of the CWSHL.
“Right now, the three teams have said they will play hockey provided we come up with a fourth team,” said Hapgood. “We’re actively seeking a fourth team but nothing is confirmed as of yet.”
He says none of the three active CWSHL teams are interested in doing a three-team league again.
Hapgood says, while he’s been asked many times by fans whether there will be a season this year, it all depends on the finalization of a four-team CWSHL.
“I want to assure the fans and the residents of Clarenville and the surrounding areas that every possible thing is being done right now at this point in time to ensure the Caribous will be back on the ice this winter.”
Previously, Hapgood says they had a possible partner with a team in Twillingate — but because of the closure of the fish plant, the deal fell through.
“It’s a whole community thing.”
The search for a fourth is leading up to the Hockey NL annual meeting next month. Hapgood says they want to have a fourth team in place going into those meetings to finalize what they need to for the upcoming season. He calls it a “consolidated effort” between the teams, the league and Hockey NL to make sure there’s a league going forward.
There will be more answers closer to that date in September, he added.
“If there’s a league and a place to play, the Caribous are ready to go.”
The Clarenville Ford Caribous playing in a playoff game last season.