The first-place Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts have issued a statement to fans following a premature end to the Central West Senior Hockey League’s 2016/17 season.
“The Cataracts would like to let fans know that all parties involved including the three teams, the League Executive and representatives of HNL have been meeting over the past few days to find the best solution to what is obviously a difficult situation,” read the statement to fans on the team’s website.
“We expect the league to make an announcement shortly regarding how the rest of the season and playoffs will be impacted.”
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Indeed, information explaining the situation has been posted on the CWSHL’s website.
“The League, HNL (Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador) and all teams have agreed that the remaining three weekends of scheduled games will not be played,” a statement on the league’s website reads.
It goes on to say the Gander Flyers have received approval to continue to be a member of the league, but due to the team’s financial inability to continue the regular season schedule, they will forfeit those games by default. The opposing teams will be awarded points.
The Cats will be given a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The Flyers and Clarenville Caribous will start a best-of-three series in Clarenville on Friday, Feb. 24.