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North Peace Hockey League cancels 2021/22 season

Season cancelled.
No games this year.

For the second NPHL season in a row - there will be no hockey action on the ice.

Following a conference call on November 17 with team representatives, North Peace Hockey League (NPHL) President Jack McAvoy announced the cancellation of 2021-2022 season.

The Dawson Creek Canucks had been holding their breath in hopes that some sort of season could take place this year. 

"We definitely have enough players and funds to make it a go, that was our intent. We were waiting to hear from the league and now we have a bit more direction on what we can do," said Canucks GM Lincoln Carriere. 

Carriere said the Canucks are looking into potentially playing for the Coy Cup this year, so long as it is financially viable. 

"We've grown the program to a good spot, and had pretty solid momentum before Covid cancelled things. If we took another year off, we might lose some players we worked hard on bringing into the community. We want to put our best foot forward, so that they can do what they came here to do," Carriere said. 

Our biggest goal has been to win the North Peace Hockey League. Dawson Creek hasn't done that since the very early 2000s, so to me personally, the priority is winning the league. The second best would be to win the Coy Cup again if possible."

The decision was made in mid December of 2020 to cancel the 2020/2021 season last year. The league started in 1954, and last year marked the first time the league did not play. 

The Fort St. John Flyers made the decision in September to not play in 2021/2022.

"We made the decision in early September that we wouldn't be in position to play this year. In the conference call last night, all the other teams confirmed, outside of Dawson Creek, that they were pretty much in the same position as us," said Flyers President Paul van Nostrand. "Just not enough commitment from all the forces, like sponsors, players, all of it."

Van Nostrand is hopeful that both the league and the Flyers will be back for 2022-23, but said the longer the league goes without games being played, the harder it will become to get things started again.

"Senior hockey is a tough racket. Everyone is working, the mainstays on all the teams are getting older and well into their 30s, but I'm really hoping we can get things going again," van Nostrand said.

— With files from Dillon Giancola