CWSHL releases schedule for 2017-18 season with interlocking ‘ECSHL’ games
Draft date set for Oct. 18
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.