CWSHL re­leases sched­ule for 2017-18 sea­son with in­ter­lock­ing ‘ECSHL’ games

Draft date set for Oct. 18

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The 2017-18 Cen­tral West Se­nior Hockey League (CWSHL) sea­son is set for puck drop on Nov. 4-5 — with its first game tak­ing place in the Steele Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Gan­der as the Fly­ers host the Clarenville Ford Cari­bous.

The CWSHL fi­nal­ized its league sched­ule on Tues­day, Oct. 3, in­clud­ing “in­ter­lock­ing” play with the new East Coast Se­nior Hockey League (ECSHL), which con­sists of the four metro area teams that left the Avalon East Se­nior Hockey League (AESHL).

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, the league had been work­ing for months to find a fourth team for the CWSHL.

“All teams had in­di­cated dur­ing their an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at the end of last sea­son that the teams would not con­tinue if only three teams op­er­ated,” the re­lease stated.

The ad­di­tion of the in­ter­lock­ing games against the ECSHL teams — the South­ern Shore Break­ers, St. John’s Caps, North­east Ea­gles and Con­cep­tion Bay Blues — was an “un­ex­pected so­lu­tion” for the CWSHL.

As a re­sult, there will be 12 ex­tra home games amongst the three CWSHL teams — the Clarenville Ford Cari­bous, Gan­der Fly­ers, and Grand Fall­sWind­sor Cataracts — with each of the four ECSHL teams play­ing once in each lo­ca­tion start­ing in mid-Novem­ber to early De­cem­ber.

In the sec­ond half of the CWSHL sea­son, com­bi­na­tions of the ECSHL teams will make the trip to CWSHL are­nas two more times in mid-to-late Jan­uary.

This all adds up to a 20-game sched­ule for CWSHL teams — eight times against each of the other two teams in the league and once at home against each of the ECSHL teams.

All 20 games, in­clud­ing in­ter­league games, will count in CWSHL league stand­ings.

The re­lease says the teams in both leagues are ex­cited by the prospect of the up­com­ing sea­son and new com­pe­ti­tion amongst new op­po­nents.

The CWSHL draft date was also set for Wed­nes­day evening, Oct. 18. In­ter­ested play­ers can ap­ply on­line at www.cen­tral­west­hockey.ca. The dead­line to ap­ply is mid­night, Mon­day, Oct. 16.

A file photo of the Clarenville Ford Cari­bous ver­sus the Grand Falls-Wind­sor Cataracts.

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