By Joseph Hayes
It was supposed to be their first season.
But instead, like everyone else, their plans suddenly changed.
The Port Huron Yeti roller hockey team was all scheduled to open play this spring at McMoran Arena for their initial season in the National Roller Hockey League.
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But in late March that changed because of the global pandemic now taking place.
The season was initially postponed until May, as training camps were supposed to open on May 11 and the season slated to start May 22.
But after the 2020 Kentucky Derby and 2020 Tokyo Derby was postponed, along with the NBA and NHL seasons, the NRHL decided to further postpone the start of its league until next year.
At the time of its postponement, co-founder/commissioner Bob Clouston and co-founder/president Matt Wiedenhoeft released this statement:
“We have dedicated our lives to the NRHL for the last 5.5 years and there was nothing more that we wanted than to be on the floor for the May 22nd puck drop in Detroit,” they said in the statement.
“However, our number one responsibility is to keep everybody safe and healthy and at this point, we cannot continue with the 2020 season without knowing when the COVID-19 pandemic will allow us to return to our regular existence.
“We assure you that we will be on the floor for the 2021 season, that we will take this year to make the NRHL bigger and better than it is today, and that we will continue to dedicate our lives to this organization, our players, staff members, and the roller hockey community.”
Here is the conversation I had with former Port Huron Northern hockey coach and current Port Huron Yeti coach Bill Warren about the preparation for the league and his plans for the near future.
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