• Jeff Nygaard

Another WSHL Team Folds

The Western States Hockey League (WSHL) lost its third team of the 2019-20 season today when the Meadow Lake Mustangs folded up shop. Their last game was a 8-4 loss at home this past Saturday night against Hinton.

Meadow Lake general manager Glen Winkler told the Northern Exposure newspaper's Phil Ambroziak that the issue was player numbers. “We lost a number of players over the weekend – our second goalie pulled a hamstring, another player broke his finger, we had four suspensions and, finally, there were five no shows. When you’re only able to ice such a small number of players, that’s not junior hockey.”

Earlier in the year the WSHL saw the Steamboat Wranglers and the West Sound Admirals fold. The league is now at 20 functioning teams.

Jeff Nygaard is the editor of The Junior Hockey Podcast. He covers Junior and college-bound hockey as a traditional “beat,” in addition to breaking news stories during the course of the year.

He has a vast amount of experience on the business and organizational side of the sport as a former owner-operator of two Junior organizations two youth clubs and has served as executive director or commissioner of the Eastern Hockey League and the United States Premier Hockey League.

A Fergus Falls, Minn., native, Nygaard grew up playing for the Fergus Falls Youth Hockey Association, Fergus Falls High School, Fergus Falls Community College and North Dakota State University programs. He can be reached at info@juniorhockeyhub.com for questions, story ideas, and anonymous tips.

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