sfjwzls · 2021-03-23

Rattlers disqualified from playoffs for roster violations

The Bradford Rattlers are out of the Greater Metro Junior Hockey League playoffs, but it’s not because they lost.

After the Rattlers tied their second-round series with the Deseronto Storm at two with a 5-1 win Tuesday night, the Storm filed a protest.

Deseronto management pointed out the Rattlers had nine 20-year-old players on their roster, when league rules state the maximum is eight.

As a result, league president Bob Russell disqualified the Rattlers from the playoffs.

Bradford and Deseronto were scheduled to face off last night in Bradford.

The Rattlers had the illegal roster since the league’s Jan. 10 signing deadline, but nobody pointed it out until this week, Mr. Russell said in a statement on the league’s website.

Mr. Russell is also the owner of the Rattlers.

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