HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - There will be no hockey in north Alabama for the foreseeable future. The Southern Professional Hockey League released a statement this week saying that the league has suspended play indefinitely.
This affects the Huntsville Havoc, who play their games at the Von Braun Center.
“This has never happened before. Not just to us, it’s just never happened in sports before,” Huntsville Havoc owner Keith Jeffries said this week. “We don’t really have a playbook for here’s how you do things, X,Y,Z. So by suspending the season it gave us a little time to now figure out how we communicate the process and procedures are going to be.”
Havoc players and head coach Glenn Duetello met with the Havoc front office just hours after the news came from the SPHL.
There are tons of Havoc fans in the Southeast that purchased season and single games tickets that may be asking for refunds on tickets already paid for.
“Obviously if anyone paid for a ticket, they will, they will get their money back.” Jeffries added. “People will be given a choice. If you want your money back, you want to apply it to next year, gift cards that will be good for merchandise, tickets, anything we sell for next year. But they will be made whole.”
There’s more that goes into a game night inside the VBC.
“It’s going to be an immediate impact to all those people that work game day, concessions, cleaning crews, the security crews, the ushers, I’m sure they’re not just doing this for fun,” Jeffries said. “They’re counting on this income. The people that we’re responsible for paying, we will treat them fairly. We will not be laying off any of our full time personnel."
With so much uncertainly, the Havoc faithful understand that human life matters more than a game.
“The overwhelming response from our fans has been positive,” Jeffries added. “And we’ve gotten some really encouraging messages from people. The people that know us aren’t worried about that.”