The South Shore Wild Junior C hockey team has decided to call it a day.
South Shore Wild
The issue was not funding as some other teams have faced, but rather a difficulty in getting player commitment.
"Money has never been an issue. The community has supported us enough that we have been able to give back with extra money," says Shelly Whynot, spokesperson for the team.
Travel seemed to be the biggest issue behind player commitment, says Whynot. The Junior C level takes players age 16-21, and while there are a few from high school that can play most are at the university level. Most players came from Halifax, so the three hour round trip for practices and games was a difficult time commitment.
The Wild executive tried to offset this by paying for the player's gas money, and they also hoped hosting the Maritime North Championship this year would also be a draw.
Whynot says some players were very dedicated to the team, traveling from as far as Cape Breton, however it was not enough of them.
"We need 15 to 18 dedicated players," says Whynot. "We've just decided instead of fighting it any longer it's time to move forward on a good note."
It takes about $40,000 to run a junior C team per year, and on top of that the Wild had to raise an additional $20,000 for the Maritime North championship that was held in March.
The team has managed to stay out of a deficit, and even managed to give back to the community by supporting a wide variety of causes. Over the past four years they have given about $13,000 to groups in need.
With the season over though, and the team dissolved, the Wild have emptied out their coffers to help the community one last time. The Lunenburg/Queens Special Olympics were given $1,000, while Lacy Roy was given $500 towards a wheelchair for her daughter.
The South Shore Wild started in 2007, and played for two seasons before taking a one-year hiatus. It then returned in 2010 with a new coach and later a new executive.
"I would work with this executive again. People were go getters and worked hard to find money," says Whynot.
The executive is disappointed they can't continue, especially since they had already been approached by businesses interested in sponsoring the team.
However they are very proud of what they have accomplished over the years, says Whynot.
"We just want to thank the community, those that have supported us and the volunteers who helped us," says Whynot. "Hopefully someday C or B level hockey will come back to Liverpool."