Team's season may be done before its time
The hockey squad has been locked out and tonight's home game canceled.Tania Ganguli
Orlando Sentinel Staff Writer
The Florida Seals' season may be in jeopardy after Osceola Heritage Park/SMG locked the Southern Professional Hockey League team out of Silver Spurs Arena for the rest of the season.
In a statement released Thursday, Osceola Heritage Park said the Seals (11-14-1) failed to meet contractual obligations.
Silver Spurs General Manager Robb Larson declined to comment on the specifics of the contract.
Tonight's game against Fayetteville has been canceled.
Seals Coach Tommy Stewart notified players Thursday.
"As soon as he knew he called me and told me," Seals left wing Steve Zoryk said. "He apologized and I told him there's no reason to apologize. I really don't know the specifics of why."
Zoryk, who has been with the Seals for two seasons and planned on this season being his last in professional hockey, said the league scheduled a conference call today with the player.
"This could not come at a worse possible time," Zoryk said.
"I could have played my last pro hockey game in December. . . . I feel robbed. I know it's not the worst thing to happen to a person or a team, but it feels pretty bad."
The Seals' record is 8-9 at home. Larson said the Seals average fewer than 1,000 fans in the arena that seats 11,000.
The team's 44.2 winning percentage places it sixth out of eight teams in SPHL standings beneath Fayetteville in fifth.
Web posted on Jan. 5, 2007
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