Just like all other sports around the world, the Tiger Hills Hockey League (THHL) has been impacted by coronavirus.
The 13-team senior men’s hockey league was able to complete all the quarter and semi final playoff games before the THHL decided to cancel the finals.
The West Division champs, the Boissevain Border Kings, we’re set to play the East Division winners, the Neepawa Farmers, for the THHL crown.
“Not being able to complete the season is very disappointing,” said THHL President Brian Franklin. “We had some exciting playoff series so it is certainly disappointing to not finish the championship round. However, the regular season was good - all games were played and I believe fans were treated to some good senior hockey.”
The THHL is the largest senior hockey league in Manitoba. It also showcases a high level of talent. “We have players who have played in the NHL, AHL, Europe, Canadian University, American College, and various levels of Junior hockey,” said the 73-year-old Franklin. “We also have good hockey players that only played minor hockey. As a result we have a good competitive brand of hockey being played in southwest Manitoba.”
With the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the league’s AGM along with the presentation of league awards is on hold. The THHL said they should have a better idea of those dates in about a month.
Looking ahead, the first-year president is a firm believer in the importance of senior men’s hockey, not only for its entertainment value, but also the value a team brings to the community.
“I believe senior hockey is a real plus for our rural communities,” said Franklin, who lives in Deloraine. “Having a senior team in town is important for the support and operation of local arenas. A senior hockey team helps to build and support your community. We look forward to next season and hopefully fans will be treated to another year of exciting senior hockey.”