SPORTS – Jets, A’s return to NPHL

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

The Valleyview Jets are back in the North Peace Hockey League.

NPHL teams voted in favour of the Jets’ application after hearing from team representative Rick Young at the league’s spring meeting in Fairview April 2. Teams were given a week to submit a vote.

“I congratulate and welcome back the Valleyview Jets into the NPHL,” says NPHL president Jack McAvoy. “I know that fans in Valleyview missed senior hockey and will be excited to see a team in the league again.”

The NPHL swells to nine teams with the acceptance of the Jets, an increase of two from last season.

The Grande Prairie Athletics will also be returning to the league after their leave of absence ended at the April 2 meeting. They are now a team with full voting privileges.

A’s spokesman Darren Walker told delegates at the meeting that the A’s were ready to go, having finances in place and a committed player base.

“We’re 99.9 per cent sure we’ll be back.”

The league then turned its attention to the Jets’ application. Delegate Rick Young submitted a player’s list and said the community was starved for senior hockey. Young also said the Jets were “100 per cent sure” they were ready to enter the league, they were willing to play a full interlocking schedule, and had scheduling venue in their building.

“It’s the only game in town,” said Young.

He added the club had a player base ready to play, and added the team was still recruiting players to be competitive.

The A’s won their only league title in 2009-10 and won two Lawrence Cup titles for placing first overall in 2001-02 and 2014-15.

The Jets first entered the NPHL in 1975-76 and played every year until 2012-13, except for 1986-87. The Jets have never won an NPHL title or Lawrence Cup title.

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