The Newfoundland Growlers season has come to an end.
The Leafs’ ECHL affiliate squad’s quest to reclaim the Kelly Cup was halted in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Florida Everblades in five games. From the start of the series, it seemed impossible for Newfoundland to find and maintain momentum, but they battled to the bitter end and given what this team endured, ultimately ended on a successful, if bittersweet, note.
“They’ve been (battling) all season long,” said head coach Wellwood after Game 4 of the series, the Growlers’ lone win. “Anytime we’ve faced adversity, the boys stepped up. It’s so difficult to continue to have success under these circumstances, but I’m super proud of these guys.”
Adversity was a theme for the Growlers throughout their season. Before the team could even play a game at home, they had to deal with being locked out of the Mary Brown’s Centre due to a dispute between building management and team ownership. The Growlers played their first six home games at the Conception Bay South community rink. It wasn’t until game 16 on the regular season schedule that they were able to return to the Mary Brown’s Centre.
And then COVID-19 struck.
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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation