The North Peace Hockey League kicks off one month from today on October 28.
The Manning Comets and High Prairie Regals have re-joined the NPHL, bringing the league to nine teams in total.
“High Prairie’s in. They applied to get back in and they were voted on to come back in on a trial basis. And Manning took a year leave of absence last year, so they wanted to come back in also,” said Jack McAvoy, President of the NPHL. “It’s good that Manning’s back and it’s good that High Prairie’s back. I mean, High Prairie has been in the league since 1954 and Manning went in in ’64. They’ve had their ups and downs, but it’s good to have them back.”
McAvoy adds they have had issues and complaints with 25-man rosters in the past, so they are increasing that number this season.
“You have to cut down to 28 players after January 10th. During the season, you can have up to 35-40 guys on cards, but after January 10th you have to cut down to the 28-man roster.”
Teams will play a 22-game schedule this season.
The schedule will be released on October 9.