Cari­bous GM says CWSHL look­ing for fourth team

Hap­good: ‘ev­ery pos­si­ble thing be­ing done’ to bring hockey back to Clarenville

The Packet (Clarenville) - - SPORTS - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS THE PACKET CLARENVILLE, N.L.

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.”

PACKET FILE PHOTO

The Clarenville Ford Cari­bous play­ing in a play­off game last sea­son.

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