The Fort St. John Senior Flyers won’t be icing a team for the 2019-20 NPHL season but DC is there to help out players looking play.
“We have teams in our league that are on the bubble all the time. The same thing almost happened to the High Prairie Regals this year too. Small town Alberta and B.C. aren’t the places to be anymore,” said NPHL President Jack McAvoy, who just celebrated his 40th anniversary in the role.
Some of those players are likely to play for the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks this year instead, or at least attend camp. Canucks General Manager Lincoln Carrier said he’s spoken with a couple former Flyers players about attending camp, but it remains to be seen which ones will be on the team once the 2019-20 NPHL season starts on November 2.
The Canucks side of things provides both cause for optimism and frustration. The Canucks, after missing a number of seasons returned for the 2013-14 season and have been the most-consistent team over the last two seasons, and are expected to be even better this year.
There were six new players who attended the three tryouts, while a core group of players including Adam Horst, Jeff Shipton, Travis McLean, Joey Massingham, Reid Campbell, and Ty Gullickson were all committed. Horst and Shipton have been with the team for more than 10 years.
“We were in a similar spot as the Flyers, and had to work really hard to bring the team back. We weren’t very good for a while, but now we’re in a place where guys want to play for us and be a part of this. Senior hockey tends to go in cycles,” Carrier said.