Stony Plain Eagles look to combat diminishing league

GM Rob Sklaruk says Senior AAA is becoming a thing of the past.

As the hockey season starts, the Stony Plain Eagles are still trying to hang on.

After its Allan Cup Hockey West League reduced to only Stony Plain and the Innisfail Eagles, the teams will be forced to book exhibition games for the upcoming season.

Stony Plain GM Rob Sklaruk says they're trying to make the best of a tough situation.

"Senior hockey is kinda fading away, especially at the AAA caliber. We think that we'll make a go at it by having exhibition games," he said. 

He says a challenge is that Senior Double-A teams are skeptical about playing a Triple-A squad like the Eagles.

By playing exhibition games against themselves and other teams, the two Eagles squads could play off against each other, for the chance to play at the national Allan Cup tournament at the end of the year.

"I'm hoping we can get at least a 15 to 20-game schedule together and see where it goes," said Sklaruk. 

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