Import Rule goes against Dawson Creek Senior Canucks


An appeal from the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks to the north peace hockey league regarding the league’s import rule has been denied.

The club was notified a week before Christmas that they broke the import rule. The league forced the Canucks to forfeit 4 games from November 4-December 14.

The teams they played were accredited with the wins.

The league's rule states senior teams' must not exceed a total of 6 active import players.

In a statement - the league says the Canucks used more than 6 in several games.

It's a ruling the Dawson Creek senior Canucks do not agree with but they say it's time to move on.

"At this point we have to move past it yes, we did do an appeal and unfortunately we were unsuccessful as well so it's time to move on and get ready for playoffs,” says General Manager Jason Gies. “We have a few games left here in the regular season and then we have the Coy Cup played out with Fort St. John."

Gies says the ruling puts them in a dire situation as they had to let players go - but there is light at the end of the tunnel, "We can still use some under the Coy Cup, but we can't use them all in the league. So it's kind of an interesting situation between B.C. and Alberta, but we did have to let a couple of the guys go which is very disappointing for the guys in the room. We had a pretty good group meshing there."

The ruling has placed the team last in the west division seven points behind the Fort St. John Flyers. Their next game is against Fort St. John this Thursday.