The management group of the La Crete senior men’s hockey team has been notified that their effort to join the North Peace Hockey League was unsuccessful.
According to NPHL.com, league owners voted against the pitch in secret ballot on July 30th, with the team notified the next day that the bid was denied.
The report indicates that travel concerns were the biggest hurdle facing the La Crete bid, with an average trip between the hamlet and Grande Prairie between 6-8 hours. However, despite the no vote, league President Jack McAvoy told the leagues official website that there was enough interest to prompt a league-wide conference call.
According to NPHL.com, La Crete Head Coach and President Ryan Becker’s proposal sent to the league included, among other things, “a financial commitment, and a preliminary list of players, executive, and coaches.”
There’s no word yet on whether or not the La Crete group will re-organize and table another proposal for upcoming seasons.