Whitehorse Senior Huskies will not compete in 2017-18

WHITEHORSE, YT – The Whitehorse Huskies senior men's hockey team will not be defending their Coy Cup title in 2018.

The Huskies, who lifted the Cup on home ice last spring, made the announcement this morning. It's a decision that came after much discussion between the board of directors, the coaching staff and the players.

While some players from last year's championship squad planned to return, the team lost several key players who either moved out of the territory or took on new work and life commitments. The Huskies were unable to recruit enough quality players to fill the holes in the roster.

"This was not an easy decision, especially after the success of this past year," stated Huskies President & General Manager Dan Johnson. "Coming off the high of a championship run, we had hoped to hit the ground running and be ready to compete again this winter in front of the fans at Takhini Arena."

"While this isn't the way we planned it out, we have to face reality and not try to force something where the players aren't able to make the time commitment that is required to ice a competitive team."

Johnson adds the decision was strictly personnel based, and had nothing to do with funding. The team had received renewed commitments from a number of sponsors and was in a good position financially.

"Over the past couple of seasons the Whitehorse Huskies have received incredible support from the community. We could not have achieved the level of success we did without our unbelievable sponsors, and the passionate fans that filled the rink each and every home game."

At the end of the day, said Johnson, everyone has to be pretty proud of the 2016-17 season and the BC Senior Hockey Championship the Huskies brought home, as well as the memories created at Takhini Arena.