They have seen better days.
All is not well with the Blind River Beavers and one has to wonder about the future of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League’s smallest-market team.
Attendance is down.
Players are looking to leave.
The Beavers are again the worst team in the NOJHL, just as they were last season.
Through 18 games thus far this season, the Beavers have but a single point from a record of 0-17-1. They have scored only 34 goals and allowed a whopping 130.
The sad state of the Beavers bothers me.
I have long had a soft spot for the Beavers as a team and Blind River as a hockey town.
But I just don’t know how long the Beavers can carry on in their current state of hockey despair.
As if the losing isn’t bad enough, the Beavers have financial issues as well.
What a bummer.
I used to travel to Blind River frequently, hosting the odd Hockey North Show at the Riverside Tavern and attending numerous games per season.
The Beavers were very competitive for a stretch of seven years from 2004 until 2011 and average attendance was about 350 per game.
Now, the Beavers have trouble winning games and attendance has dipped to an average of about 200 per outing.
Is the end near for the Beavers in Blind River?
I hope not.
But it’s not looking good in Beavertown.