Stormy weather has not yet kept fans from the seats at P.E.I.'s hockey and basketball games, but winter storms are still causing problems for the Island's two major sports teams.
All the rescheduling is chipping away at the bottom line of the Charlottetown Islanders, P.E.I.'s Quebec Major Junior hockey team.
"Whether it be the bridge closures to high-sided vehicles or whether it be us stranded in a hotel an extra night," said general manager Grant Sonier.
Three weeks ago the team was stranded in Cape Breton by a storm after a game. That meant another night paying for 16 hotel rooms, and three extra meals for all the players and coaches. The team has also had to rent vans on occasion to get across Confederation Bridge, when buses were prohibited due to high winds.
Sonier said changes in routine have an impact on players from a conditioning and mental standpoint. The Islanders also missed an opportunity with a cancelled game in Halifax.
"Two of Halifax's better players are playing in the world junior," he said.
"We would have liked to take advantage of that."
The Island Storm basketball team is also dealing with frustrations this season. Coach Joe Salerno said there have been two cancelled games, multiple cancelled practices and interruptions in travelling.
"It can certainly mess with your mental psyche a little bit," said Salerno.
"If you have to miss one of those games that you look forward to all week because of a snowstorm or high winds, there's a little frustration that comes along with it."
Salerno said the league requires them to play 40 games and the postponed games will have to be made up in the next couple months. He worries if games are rescheduled for a week day attendance could be lower than normal.
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