With just two games played this season and at least four more required to become eligible for Coy Cup play in the spring, the Fort Nelson Yeti Senior Hockey Club have decided against continuing play this year.
The decision came earlier this week after an announcement on the team’s Facebook page shared the news with their fans.
“The model of being an independent team when most other teams all play in leagues has been a challenge,” the post read.
“Playing only a handful of games against two cities that are much larger than ours has not been sustainable. It has been understandably challenging to get players committed into practicing all year to be competitive with these teams, especially when we only have 2 home games scheduled.”
The Yeti travelled to Fort St. John earlier this month for two games and in the past have usually played a home and home series with the Fort St. John Senior Flyers. Unfortunately, due to an expanded league schedule in the North Peace Hockey League the Flyers were not able to commit to a trip to Fort Nelson again this year, which left just two home dates on Nov. 13 and 14 against the Whitehorse Huskies.
The Yeti had also previously tried to join the NPHL to get more games in, but after some deliberation decided against the application again this year.
They had been denied the previous two years as teams from the league determined the travel to Fort Nelson was too much of a commitment to make.
The Yeti hosted the Senior Male AA Provincial Hockey Championship, aka the Coy Cup last year and looked to have a promising future when they had more than 100 volunteers and 23 sponsors for the tournament. Just three years ago the Yeti didn’t even have a team.
But with buzz of hosting a provincial tournament wearing off this season, the team simply couldn’t field a competitive enough roster in 2015-2016.
The Yeti will look to return next year, but were sure to thank their fans on the way out.
“A huge thank you to the fans that have followed the Yeti, they are the best fans in senior hockey and there has never been less than a capacity building in Fort Nelson for all the games,” the post read.
For more updates on the Yeti, follow them on Facebook at Fort Nelson Yeti Senior Hockey Club.