Chiefs ends ACHW season

As announced on Oct. 31, the Fort Saskatchewan Senior AAA Chiefs says it’s no longer sustainable to operate the team for the 2018-19 season. File Photo

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The Chiefs are calling it quits, for this season at least.

On Oct. 31, the Fort Saskatchewan Senior AAA Chiefs announced they were pulling themselves out of ACHW play for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.

“Various factors led to the tough decision that it is no longer sustainable for our organization to continue to operate this year. With that being said, we are hopeful our hockey club will be back playing senior hockey again in the coming years,” the club said in a press release.

Decreased sponsorship and fan attendance would be some of the factors at play. It also had trouble securing more quality players at the Senior AAA level, which echoed in the team’s seven straight loses, including one overtime loss. With road games sometimes costing upwards of $4,000 a shot, it was becoming too expensive for the team to play with decreased financial support.

Following the news, many local hockey fans during the Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks and the Fort Saskatchewan Bantam AAA Rangers games said it was a sad day for Fort hockey and hoped the team finds a way to come back. Scott Chartrand confirmed the team could be back as soon as the 2019-2020 season but at the Senior AA level.

“At this time, we would like to thank all the current and former players, staff, volunteers, sponsors and overall community support from the (City) of Fort Saskatchewan over the course of the last 15 years. Your time, hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated and we hope to be back for you very soon,” stated the team.

The Chiefs wished the remaining four ACHW teams good luck as they chase after the Allan Cup.