Money disputes force central Wisconsin hockey team to practice elsewhere
The Central Wisconsin Saints belong to a 16 team league that prepares young men to play hockey in college. Coach and general manager Marty Quarters said he reached his breaking point with the city late last week.
"We packed our bags up on Friday and knew we would have to skate elsewhere come playoffs and to prepare for playoffs,” says Quarters, the first year head coach and general manager.
According to Stevens Point officials, the Saints owe the city $35,000 for using K.B. Willet Arena for the past two seasons. Quarters says the majority of the debt stems from previous owners.
"I think when they came at us and made some aggressive demands. We chose it was better to go elsewhere,"says Quarters.
City officials say a deal was reached that allowed the team to pay back the debt, but they say the team has not lived up to its obligations
"Now they have paid the first five payments of the thousand dollars per month from the old bill but they're behind on their current ice rental bill," says Tom Schrader, Stevens Point Director of Parks Recreation and Forestry.
The money dispute is a situation that defensive player Dominick Manochio tries to ignore.
"Obviously its a little frustrating but with playoffs coming up this weekend. I just have to try and block it out,'' says Manochio.