The Sask Valley Hockey League will have one less team playing this season. The Rosetown Redwings will be taking a year's leave of absence.
League President, Doug Hodgins, said the news came in a phone call from Redwings representative, "Just in a phone call with Bernard Charpentier. He informed me that there just wasn't enough interest up there. Whether the town is putting all their effort into the AAA tournament, that's my assumption."
Even though Rosetown doesn't have a team, there will still be plenty of Rosetown hockey players in the league. Hodgins said a few teams have already picked up players, "From what I understand, there will be (Rosetown) players playing in possibly Elrose, on the Dodsland Luseland combined team, as well as Biggar."
The league has also made a few adjustments to the schedule. The nine teams have been split into three divisions based on location. Hodgins explained how this year will work, "It's a straight home and home throughout the entire league for 16 games. Then the three teams in each division will play each other in another home and home, which will make for a 20 game schedule."
Division 1 includes the Eston Ramblers, Elrose Aces and Kyle Elks. Division 2 is the Beechy Bombers, Delisle Bruins and Outlook Ice Hawks. Division 3 is the Central Butte Flyers, Kenaston Blizzard and Loreburn 19ers.