A minor hockey team has been tossed out of the running for the provincial championships, after Hockey Nova Scotia disqualified the team for having an ineligible player on the ice.
The Middleton Mustangs midget B boys' team was disqualified after questions were raised about the eligibility of player Zach d'Entremont during a series with West Hants recently.
D'Entremont had joined the team after Christmas, and team officials said they were told by the local representative for Hockey Nova Scotia that d'Entremont could play in the playoffs if he abided by the rule that he must participate in 10 minor hockey games before being permitted to compete in provincial playoff games.
After the Mustangs beat West Hants in the second round, West Hants appealed the win, based on d'Entremont's questionable eligibility.
The regional representative for Hockey Nova Scotia sided with West Hants, arguing d'Entremont had not played the 10 required games before participating in the playoffs.
John Bruce, general manager of the Mustangs, said he is not impressed with how Hockey Nova Scotia authorities handled the situation.
"The motto of Hockey Nova Scotia is to lead and provide a positive hockey experience. And once again this is not a positive hockey experience," he said.
Bruce said the Middleton team had an overlap of regular games and playoff games due to difficult schedules, and he said he is disheartened by the whole situation.
"I've completely lost respect for my Hockey Nova Scotia credentials and Hockey Nova Scotia in general," he said.
The Middleton Mustangs are now appealing Hockey Nova Scotia's decisions with Hockey Canada.