Senior Flyers optimistic about icing a team, but unsure when on-ice activities will begin

For Fort St. John Senior Flyers fans, there's good news and there's bad news. The good news is that after missing the entire 2019-20 season due to a lack of player committment, the organization has worked hard on the recruiting side this summer and is confident they'll be able to ice a team this season. The bad news is there's no timetable for when a season could start, and as of right now, it's not viable for the Flyers to hold operations. 

"The FSJ Senior Flyers made a concerted effort to secure enough players to resurrect the team for the upcoming 2020-2021 North Peace Hockey League (NPHL) season. We were successful on that front and are confident we will ice a team!!" wrote Flyers President Paul van Nostrand in a statement. 

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However, as B.C. Hockey remains in Phase 2 of its return-to-hockey plan and Fort St. John in Phase 3 of its return-to-play guidelines, teams are prohibited from trravelling to another province for play, and the capacties set for the North Peace Arena mean it's not financially viable for the Flyers to operate. Still, that doesn't mean there won't be a Flyers or NPHL season at all for 2020-21.

"We are very hopeful that as the COVID-19 situation improves and the Province of BC, the City of Fort St. John and the BC Hockey 'Return to Hockey' Plan are able to move into Phase 4, restrictions will be relaxed and capacities will increase significantly, allowing the Club to re-start viable operations later this year or early in 2021," van Nostrand said. 

Following a conference call last week, the NPHL as a whole, together with its member clubs, decided to remain in wait and see mode for the time being, and will have a meeting in October to see if restrictions have been loosened and plans for on-ice activities can be made. 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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