HIGH PRAIRIE, A.B. – The High Prairie Regals have announced just hours before playing their first game that they will not be playing in 2016-17 North Peace Hockey League season.
The Regals informed NPHL president Jack McAvoy of their decision on October 28th. In an email statement, McAvoy stated: “The High Prairie Regals have informed me that they are folding their team for the 2016-17 hockey season. I did not want this to happen but they couldn’t proceed due to a lack of players and sponsorship.”
The Regals took a leave of absence two years ago before the start of the season. It was the first time since their inaugural season in 1957-58 that the Regals did not field a team in the NPHL, and ended in impressive streak of 57 consecutive years of operation. The Regals rejoined the NPHL last season but posted a terrible 0-24 record. Overall, the club has now lost 30 straight games.
The club attempted to raise money with a small executive since last Spring, but wasn’t able to achieve much. Last week, two longtime executive members resigned, further complicating efforts.
The Regals’ resignation from the league leaves the West Division teams with 22 games and East Division with 20 games. All games with the Regals are deleted. Games will be added in the East Division at random to bring their total back to 22. The new schedule will be released early next week.