The Allan Cup Hockey group announced Tuesday that the Thorold Athletics have applied for a one year Leave of Absence. The team cited player challenges for the withdrawal, but they hope to regroup and reorganize for the 2018-19 season.
The ACH will play with five teams this season, three of which are based in the Hamilton area.
As a result of the withdrawal, the league conducted a draft of eligible players, in the reverse order of finish of last season’s regular league standings.
The results of the player draft are as follows:
Dundas Real McCoys
Stoney Creek Generals
Thorold’s exit also means the original six team schedule will need to be redrawn with five teams. The five team, 24 game, balanced schedule, begins October 14th with Brantford at Stoney Creek and finishes on February 24th with Stoney Creek playing at Whitby. The 2017-18 schedule will feature holiday season games on December 29th with Stoney Creek at Dundas, and December 30th with Stoney Creek at Whitby.
The full schedule will be available in the next week.
Source: Allan Cup Hockey