LACONIA — The president of the board of directors of the Laconia Ice Arena refused to comment yesterday on reports that the New Hampshire Lakers, formerly the Laconia Leafs, will not be playing at all this upcoming season.
''I have no comment. I have a practice to run right now,'' said Chuck Yaeger, president of the organization, who was contacted at Waukewan Golf Course, where he is the club professional. He also coaches the Inter-Lakes High School golf team.
The Daily Sun has learned from multiple sources that Lakers plan to take a year off from competing in the newly-formed Eastern Hockey League, which starts play in September, and plan to field a team for the 2014-2015 season.
The Lakers had been looking for a new head coach to replace Joe Cardarelli, who resigned last month, and earlier this month had announced the hiring of Rocky Romanella as an assistant coach who also serve as recruiting coordinator.
The Lakers are members of the Atlantic and Metropolitan Junior Hockey Leagues. Junior hockey is a competitive level of hockey with amateur players who are 20 years or younger. The principle purpose of the program is to prepare, promote, and develop the athletes for future endeavors into a college or professional program.
The Leafs/Lakers have placed over 120 players into college and professional rinks over the last 10 years. Players on the rosters came to Laconia from many different states, Canada and several European countries. They had been scheduled to play 44 games this upcoming season.