I’m sorry to say there will be no Sperry hockey game on Thursday, March 9, 2017. This may or may not come as a shock to you. The reason for this was a rather abrupt schedule change we were handed on Friday afternoon. Min Street Arena Manager, Will van der Linde, informed us that Hockey Director, Gary Jones, had pushed the Sperry time back from its usual starting time to 10:30 PM due to the adult league hockey schedule. We knew nothing about this ahead of time, or we would’ve certainly alerted you. Because of this late game time, plus the fact that it’s the time of year when league games are plentiful and densely packed, we decided to cancel this game.
Is Hockey Cancelled the Remainder of the Season?
Unfortunately, the story does not end there. This schedule change is not just for this week. We were informed it’s for the rest of the season. And while other groups were also shifted for league games, we noted that their new times weren’t as detrimental as ours appears to be. Brad, Joe, and I have discussed how to proceed. We haven’t decided if we’re canceling all Sperry Thursday night games, but we’re considering it.
We are indeed upset and frustrated, but our priority is to get some game times in for you folks. So, we’re working on it. We’re even trying for some early weekend games. I understand that some league players can have up to four games in a week, making them far less likely to play Sperry. That’s understandable. That’s one reason we’re a little down on trying a Sperry game at 10:30 pm, but if we feel we could fill the rosters, we would do it. History hasn’t been kind in this regard.
So, this hopefully isn’t an unexpected end to the Sperry hockey season in Charlottesville. We’ll keep you informed. We welcome all your feedback if you have some, but I’d also like to invite you to share your feelings with GM Will van der Linde and Hockey Director Gary Jones as well.
See You on the Ice
We want to thank you for all your support. It’s truly meant a lot. Brad pointed something out to me the other day. We’ve organized over 350 Sperry games over the years. That’s incredible. All your kind remarks, and maybe not so kind remarks, have been heard, thought about, and taken into consideration. It’s been a pleasure skating with all of you. And as Brad always says, we’ll see you on the ice!
David Delamere, Joe Nasevich, and Brad Sayler
Sperry Marine Hockey Club