The South Muskoka Shield has been officially banned from the Greater Metro Junior ‘A’ Hockey League (GMHL) for the 2023/2024 hockey season.
On May 1, GMHL president Bob Russell released the following statement:
“As of May 1, 2023, the Greater Metro Junior ‘A’ Hockey League has instituted a mandatory leave of absence for the South Muskoka Shield for the 2023/24 season.
The team will be in operational dormancy until February 1, 2024.
Former President Troy Kahler has been placed on an operational suspension.
The current ownership group has been granted a window to sell the GMHL membership until February 1, 2024 to an approved ownership group.
Players rights held by the Shield are free agents for the 2023/24 season.
The Greater Metro Junior ‘A’ Hockey League has proudly had a club in Gravenhurst under the South Muskoka Shield name for 18 years and we are hopeful to return for the 2024/25 season under a new ownership group. “
Kahler was charged with assault by the Nipissing West OPP on Dec. 16, 2022 following an incident at the Sturgeon Falls Arena. He has vowed to fight the charges in court.
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