Icedogs’ season over; they win on points

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

After finishing first in the inaugural season of the West Division of the Greater Metro Hockey League, the Slave Lake Icedogs knew when their playoffs were to start. They just didn’t know who it would be against.

Of course all this depended on whether playoffs continue. On Friday, the Greater Metro Hockey League posted this on their website;

“The Greater Metro Jr. A Hockey League has been forced to postpone the Russell Cup Playoffs for two weeks.

“Late in the evening of March 12th, 2020, the GMHL was notified by our underwriting insurance provider that a mandatory two week shutdown must be implemented. Our insurance & sanctioning body is the same sanctioning body which governs all of junior hockey in Canada, and we are required to follow the direction of the sanctioning body.

“Following the two weeks, a final decision regarding the playoffs will be provided.”

That’s the Russell Cup, which GMHL teams in Ontario and Quebec play for. Out here in the GMHL’s West Division, the story appears to be different.

“I got word today at 9 a.m. we are canceling all games and the playoff winners will be decided on points,” says Icedogs owner and manager Lauren Barr, in an email to The Leader. “The Icedogs won.”

It’s a bit of an anti-climax, but a win is a win and the Icedogs deserved the trophy if anybody did. They had their ups and downs this season, but were 14 points clear of second-place High Prairie in the regular season standings. They won 24 of 42 games on the season.

GMHL West Division trophy

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