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NPHL Semi Finals Wrap

The hockey season for Fort St. John Flyers has come to an abrupt end a day before they were to make a run for the Campbell Cup and the North Peace Hockey league championships. Flyers, who came from glory to goats in a matter of days, were to start their series tomorrow night against defending champion Spirit River Rangers but can pack their bags thanks to messing up in the board room. Grimshaw Huskies are now unpacking their hockey gear in a strange turn of events that was not about winning or losing on the ice. Huskies will replace the Flyers and meet the Rangers in the NPHL championships starting Thursday night.

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News Release
North Peace Hockey League
Monday, Feb. 29, 2016
[For Immediate Release]

Head line: Fort St. John Flyers Forfeit Game 7 vs Grimshaw Huskies

The North Peace Hockey League was notified on Monday, Feb. 29 about the possibility of the Fort St. John Flyers using an illegal player in Game 7 vs the Grimshaw Huskies on Saturday, Feb. 27. After further investigation, the NPHL confirmed that the Flyers used 26 different players after the Feb. 10 deadline, which violates a league rule that states only 25 different players can be used. The 26th different player used was Jeff Fast.

Fort St. John won Game 7 by a score of 5-3 and advanced to the NPHL Final. However, due to the use of the illegal player, it is the ruling of the NPHL that Fort St. John must forfeit the game. NPHL President Jack McAvoy’s statements are as follows:

“Upon further discussion it is the ruling of the NPHL that Fort St. John forfeit Game 7 due to an illegal player, and also forfeits the series to Grimshaw.”

“The NPHL Final series between the Grimshaw Huskies and Spirit River Rangers will now start on Thursday, March 3 in Spirit River.”