How to Handle an NPHL Schedule Including La Crete

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com

La Crete’s expression of interest has been denied by NPHL clubs citing travel.
So, if a future application from La Crete is ever coming, the issue must be addressed.
Let’s keep in mind that no proposal is perfect. My proposal below is far from perfect. It just might be a bit crazy. It does, however, address some issues and give La Crete a chance to play. In a perfect world, any league would have a completely balanced schedule. In the world of the NPHL that is highly unlikely.
And, this schedule does not begin to address playoff issues. It does, however, address a way of letting La Crete ice an NPHL club.
So, here we go.
La Crete simply joins the East Division for the sake of league play. La Crete joins Falher, Grimshaw, High Prairie and Manning. The West Division is comprised of Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Grande Prairie.
In my schedule, each team plays 24 games. Let’s start with the West.
Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Grande Prairie do not play La Crete. Travel issue solved. Each team does play home and home with the other four East Clubs [Falher, Grimshaw, High Prairie and Manning] for a total of eight games. Then they play the other two teams in their division eight times for a total of 24 games. If West teams want to play less games, simply delete games in increments of two to get to 22 games or 20 games.
Now to the East.
La Crete plays the other four teams in the East [Falher, Grimshaw, High Prairie and Manning] six times each for 24 games. That is three games at home and three games away. However, two of the three games each season are played in a weekend doubleheader and La Crete subsidizes travel and hotel accommodation]. La Crete does not subsidize the other trip. This is give and take among all parties and addresses some cost issues for the existing clubs.
That leaves Falher, Grimshaw, High Prairie and Manning with 12 games played. The other 12 games are made up by playing each of the three remaining teams four times.
Here is each team’s opponents:
Falher Pirates
Away: GRIM [2], HP [2]; LC [3]; MAN [2]; DC [1]; FSJ [1]; GP [1]
Home: GRIM [2], HP [2]; LC [3]; MAN [2]; DC [1]; FSJ [1]; GP [1]
Grimshaw Huskies
Away: FAL [2], HP [2]; LC [3]; MAN [2]; DC [1]; FSJ [1]; GP [1]
Home: FAL [2], HP [2]; LC [3]; MAN [2]; DC [1]; FSJ [1]; GP [1]
High Prairie Regals
Away: FAL [2], GRIM [2]; LC [3]; MAN [2]; DC [1]; FSJ [1]; GP [1]
Home: FAL [2], GRIM [2]; LC [3]; MAN [2]; DC [1]; FSJ [1]; GP [1]
La Crete
Away: FAL [3], GRIM [3]; HP [3]; MAN [3]
Home: FAL [3], GRIM [3]; HP [3]; MAN [1]
Manning Comets
Away: FAL [2], GRIM [2]; HP [2]; LC [3]; DC [1]; FSJ [1]; GP [1]
Home: FAL [2], GRIM [2]; HP [2]; LC [3]; DC [1]; FSJ [1]; GP [1]
Dawson Creek Canucks
Away: FSJ [4], GP [4]; FAL [1]; GRIM [1]; HP [1]; MAN [1]
Home: FSJ [4], GP [4]; FAL [1]; GRIM [1]; HP [1]; MAN [1]
Fort St. John Flyers
Away: DC [4], GP [4]; FAL [1]; GRIM [1]; HP [1]; MAN [1]
Home: DC [4], GP [4]; FAL [1]; GRIM [1]; HP [1]; MAN [1]
Grande Prairie Athletics
Away: DC [4], FSJ [4]; FAL [1]; GRIM [1]; HP [1]; MAN [1]
Home: DC [4], FSJ [4]; FAL [1]; GRIM [1]; HP [1]; MAN [1]

What to do in the playoffs? That is another question. And another column.
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NPHL denies La Crete’s intention to join league

NPHL denies La Crete’s intention to join league

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com

A group from La Crete wanting to ice a team in the North Peace Hockey League for the 2019-20 season is all but out of options.
The NPHL advised the team Aug. 1 that their intention to join the league was denied by its member teams in a secret vote after a conference call July 30.
“Please be advised that the La Crete Senior Hockey Club’s interest in joining the NPHL has, unfortunately, been denied in a vote amongst its member clubs, wrote NPHL president Jack McAvoy to Ryan Becker, president and head coach of the team.
“As you are probably aware, travel was the concern most teams cited,” McAvoy wrote.
The NPHL officially notified its member clubs July 24 of La Crete’s intentions. Teams responded to McAvoy and there was enough interest warranted to prompt the conference call.
Becker’s proposal included a financial commitment, and a preliminary list of players, executive and coaches.
Becker writes in his letter that the NPHL would give local players an “outlet” to continue playing hockey after midget.
Obviously, the biggest hurdle to overcome was travel. La Crete is over three hours away from Manning and four from High Prairie and Grimshaw. Falher is about five hours away. Grande Prairie, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John all face 6-8-hour road trips.
The NPHL Constitution still provides an extremely unlikely possibility of La Crete to gain entry. Bylaw 3[c] states the following:
“At the request of the majority of NPHL teams [50 per cent plus one], the president shall call a special meeting. No subject shall be discussed or considered at any special meeting except that specified in the notice, unless there is unanimous agreement to do so by those teams present.”
It means La Crete can still lobby the teams, who can call the special meeting if they deem necessary. Such a letter must be written by a member club to the NPHL and, in this case, signed by at least four teams.
If the meeting is called, La Crete would need 50 per cent plus one majority of the votes cast by member teams present at the meeting. Voting by proxy is not allowed.

La Crete begins process to join NPHL

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com

A group from La Crete has given notice to the North Peace Hockey League executive they would like to join for the 2019-20 season.
The NPHL officially notified its member clubs July 24 of La Crete’s intentions.
Ryan Becker, president and head coach, sent a preliminary proposal to NPHL president Jack McAvoy satisfying the conditions set out in the NPHL Constitution for a successful bid.
La Crete’s proposal was sent to the teams July 24.
“I have asked the teams to give me their thoughts by Sunday [July 28],” says McAvoy.
A report will then be compiled. McAvoy will then advise La Crete on their chances of success.
Becker’s proposal includes a financial commitment, and a preliminary list of players, executive and coaches.
Becker writes in his letter that the NPHL would give local players an “outlet” to continue playing hockey after midget.
The biggest hurdle to overcome is travel. La Crete is over three hours away from Manning and four from High Prairie and Grimshaw. Falher is about five hours away. Grande Prairie, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John all face 6-8-hour road trips.
Becker writes he is willing to work with the league to arrive at solutions to overcome the travel issue.
The NPHL usually accepts applications for new teams at its spring meeting, but since the league did not hold a spring meeting, an application could be accepted at the fall meeting. The league also reserves the right to call a special meeting to deal with any issue if teams agree.
New teams must be accepted by vote of at 50 per cent plus one majority by a vote of the member teams present at the meeting. Voting by proxy is not allowed.

NPHL eyes expansion; 3 more teams show interest

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com Writer

The NPHL could have as many as 10 teams next season.
The league has heard from three additional centres expressing interest in joining the league for the 2019-20 season.
Spirit River, Lakeland and Beaverlodge reps have contacted the NPHL in the past week.
If all three teams were accepted, the league could potentially split into two five-team divisions which would be ideal.
A league meeting will have to be called if any of the three teams submits a formal application.

UPDATE: April Fool’s!

Caron’s OT winner gives GP 2nd NPHL title

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com Writer

Mackenzie Caron scored at 12:41 of the first overtime period to give the Grande Prairie Athletics a thrilling 3-2 win and their second NPHL Campbell Cup title in team history.
Parker Sharp assisted on the game-winning goal as the two clubs battled hard throughout the game in a classic fitting of two great teams.
It marked the 10th time in the 66-year league history of the league the final was decided in overtime. Continue reading “Caron’s OT winner gives GP 2nd NPHL title”