Is Hockey Alberta penalizing a BC team in an Alberta league, for having too many Albertans?
Regardless, a lump of coal was thrown in the Senior Canucks stocking.
Canucks thought they were heading into the holiday break on a high, but instead picked up some league penalty time. It was announced due to having played more than six imports in some of their games, they have been stripped of four wins, taking DC from a record of 8-1-1 to 4-6-1, and putting them third in the West Division with nine points. Those within the organization are not happy with the decision.
“It sucks what’s going on, but there’s rules for a reason and it should have been our job to look a little closer before moves were made,” says head coach Chris Stevens.
The Sr. Canucks have seven new players on their roster, all coming from Alberta, from Fairview and others AB towns in the Peace Region. Since the Sr. Canucks are a BC team and playing to go to the Coy Cup, they cleared things with Hockey B.C., and believed they were within the rules. Unfortunately, the Canucks play in an Alberta hockey league, said NPHL president Jack McAvoy, therefore had to follow Hockey Alberta rules.
“I never thought in an Alberta league with two B.C. teams close to the border that they would consider guys coming to our team imports. It’s frustrating, it’s not like we tried to go around the rule,” Stevens said.
Two of the players considered imports even moved to Dawson Creek in the summer for work, according to Stevens.
“We’ll move on and deal with the punishment, but in the big picture we’re still a good team regardless of what we have to do to get within the rules. We’ll play our best hockey,” Stevens said.
He said it was most hard on the players, because they commit to the games and take time off work to be able to play, so to have wins taken away is hard.
It is not certain at this time what the team will have to do to get within the rules.