Elora Rocks fold due to player shortage

The Elora Rocks Senior AA hockey team has folded for the 2015-16 season.

General manager George Anderson said he decided during practice on Oct. 14 to disband the team, ending the season after just two games.

“Basically there was no players, no commitment from the players,” Anderson said in an interview the next day.

“The last few nights we’ve been scrounging. We’ve had 12 maybe 15 (players), of which  two or three would have been goalies, so the style of the league is you just cant go and play games with that few of players.

“Basically it was lack of numbers. For whatever reason the numbers weren’t there this year and the guys that did come out were quite regulars,” he added.

Anderson said Rocks players may continue playing for other teams in the WOAA (Western Ontario Athletic Association) league.

“A few other teams have inquired about our players but whether they decide to go play somewhere else or not it’s up to them,” said Anderson.  

Whether the team will continue next season is still up in the air, but Anderson is hopeful.

“Yes, I have full intentions of that. At this point I’m just kind of going through stuff and gathering bills and getting all the financial stuff,” he said.

The Elora Rocks had planned to celebrate the team’s  100th season in 2017.

“That’s a shame too… hopefully we can change that around and we won’t miss it,” he said of the milestone centennial season.