Players React To Cancellation Of FPHL Season

Players React To Cancellation Of FPHL Season

Monday night the Federal Prospects Hockey League announced that they would be cancelling the remainder of the 2019-2020 season due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. While this disappoints fans everywhere, this cancelation really hurts the players/staff on all teams as well. We reached out to some players to get their thoughts on the situation. 

There is so much that affects the athletes that many people don’t even consider. Danville Dashers rookie Seth Ensor is worried about his fellow teammates during this time.

“The biggest thing for me as a rookie is that ending my first season professional like this is not ideal and there’s a lot of guys where this could be their last season.”  Ensor said. “That to me is the biggest heartbreak, after working so hard all season to put a cup contending team on the ice.

“What does suck is that we are now jobless. Some guys can’t travel home because of the virus and the quarantine protocols. Also, no places are hiring right now. So we miss out on a month of pay and have no way to find another income as of right now.”

While disappointed the season ended prematurely, Watertown Wolves forward Ryan Marker is appreciative that the league is also concerned about player safety. 

“I’m not going to lie, I am very disappointed.” Marker said. “It was a great year and I personally think our team had a good chance to go all the way. I have met a ton of great people throughout this season. I would also like to thank the Watertown Wolves and Delaware Thunder for giving me the opportunity to play this season, being able to do what I love every single day is just a blessing and I can’t thank God enough for giving me the chance to do this.

On the whole cancellation thing, it’s upsetting but I totally understand at the same time.” said the rookie forward. “They are supposed to want to keep the players safe and that’s huge for us at the end of the day. Yes we all want to play but our health is the most important.”

Mentor Ice Breakers goaltender Jake Mullen says he’s disappointed that he can’t prove himself in the playoffs. 

“It sucks to put in the work all season long to not get the chance to show what you’ve worked so hard for all season to prove it during the playoffs”.

For any other players who want to share their opinions on the season being cancelled, feel free to leave a comment below!