Professional team forced to accept forfeit for one of the most embarrassing reasons ever

Published February 7, 2023 at 8:14 PM

The Southern Professional Hockey League like most lower tiered professional hockey is not without its share of head scratching choices, this one may be at the top of the list.

According to Dave Eminian of PJS Sports, the Vermilion County Bobcats and the Quad City Storm were set to square off yesterday, but the home team Vermilion County didn't bother to show up, take a look:

I don't think I've ever seen this happen in any game I've been around or a part of. For this to happen at the professional level as well is odd, but this could explain why.

In a year and a half the Bobcats have a record of 9-70-7, have been through 10 coaches and only have 10 skaters remaining on their roster. Couple that with attendance under 400 people a game and I don't know that I would want to play much hockey either.

Officially on the SPHL website, the game result is a 1-0 for Quad City, who travelled to warm up, skate around for a second, lineup at centre ice for the drop of the puck and salute the Bobcats fans that were in attendance.
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