On hiatus since March 2020 mainly due to the pandemic, the Beauséjour Senior Hockey League (LHSB) will resume service this fall with six teams.
In addition to the three usual teams, namely the Bouctouche JC’s, the Elsipogtog Hawks and the Cap-Pelé Pêcheurs, the circuit will also include franchises in Miramichi, Doaktown and Springhill, Nova Scotia.
The president of the LHSB, Roger Brun, could not be more happy to announce the good news in a telephone interview.
“Hockey fans are excited,” says Roger Brun. They miss senior hockey. There are still small details to settle, but we must operate with six teams.
The president reveals that the file reveals the relaunch of the LHSB has evolved drastically since last fall.
“We have tried several scenarios since last fall. For us, it was especially important to find a fourth team, ”reveals Brun.
“It started when the Dalhousie organization approached us to join our league. The leaders then did not seem very happy in the Northern League. They continued to call us in the months that followed,” he says.
“Since we didn’t feel like adding a club to the detriment of another league, we approached the Acadie-Chaleur League to find out if there was a way to combine the two leagues. The only teams with whom we have not had discussions are the Acadiens de Caraquet and the Marchands de Shippagan. I would like to point out that it is always the teams of this league who have contacted us, ”says Brun.
“Eventually, Dalhousie decided to stay in the ACSHL when they got permission to draw in the Campbellton territory as well. Tracadie also saw its territory grow with the region of Néguac. At that time, we already knew that Miramichi was going to join our league. Then, two other groups asked for a franchise and it was last night (Tuesday) that we were able to add Doaktown and Springhill. These two teams were accepted unanimously”, indicates the president.
As has been the case in past seasons, the LHSB will retain its home rule and no imported players will be accepted.
Regarding the question of territories, note that Doaktown will be able to accept players from as far away as Oromocto. The municipality of Fredericton, however, is not part of the territory.
As for Springhill, we are talking here about players living in Cumberland County, including the municipalities of Amherst, Oxford, Pugwash and River Hebert.
LHSB teams will likely play a 20-game schedule. It remains to be decided, however, whether the six teams will be divided into two divisions or not. The answer will not be known until September.
In the coming months, President Brun also hopes to convince the LHSAC to develop an annual all-star game between the two circuits. He would also like to bring back the Provincial Championship which would oppose the champion of each of the four senior leagues in the province (LHSAC, LHSB, Saint-Jean and Regional Hockey Circuit).
In addition to President Roger Brun, the other members of the Circuit Beauséjour Executive Committee are Donald Cormier (Vice-President Finance) and Pete Belliveau (Vice-President Discipline).
Finally, note that the LHSB website will be reactivated within a month.