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posted on September 03, 2007

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Hockey Season May Be Iced

By: John Barber
Published: August 29 2007

The first of many expected political brushfires in the parched weeks ahead broke out in Mayor David Miller’s own west-end backyard, where organizers of the Swansea Hockey Association informed parents that planned city budget cuts could put an end to the thriving league with more than 500 players.

“As we move into our 35th season, plans to celebrate this milestone had already begun,” league president Gail Oxtoby told parents in an e-mail. However, unless something dramatically changes, there will not be season this year, and likely never again.”

The threat emerged when city staff recommended shortening the operating season for outdoor municipal rinks as one of the cost-saving measures Mayor Miller ordered after failing to win council approval to raise new taxes. Opening rinks in January instead of December will save $800,000, according to staff.


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