Flyers meeting this weekend to assess reaction to Yetman signing
It’s been more than two weeks since the Gander Flyers signed convicted sex offender Mark Yetman to man the net for the upcoming Central-West Senior Hockey League season.
Since that time, the Gander Women’s Centre has spoken publicly through various media outlets about how it feels about the signing. There’s also been community reaction through social media.
Flyers’ general manager Garry White, who signed Yetman earlier this month, said he’s disappointed in the response to the signing.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed in how people are perceiving our signing,” he said. “We’re approaching this as a hockey decision…nothing more or nothing less.”
He said he’s also upset regarding some of the facts being circulated through social media, which he says are not entirely filled with completely true facts.
White said the Flyers had an opportunity to sign Yetman during the 2012-13 Newfoundland Senior Hockey League season, but at the time Yetman’s trial was still before the courts.
“It was before the courts and we didn’t know what was involved, so we took it on as an organization to say ‘this is not the right time’,” he said. “But now we deemed it was.
“Probably, the fool I am, I believe, trust and abide by the judicial system of Canada, and after it was handled by the courts in the proper manner, that’s when I made my decision. Before it wasn’t handled and before it didn’t come to a conclusion, we chose not to do that.”
White told The Beacon Thursday, he has talked to Yetman about the media coverage his signing has stirred up, and said the goaltender is somewhat upset about it.
“He posted on Facebook that he was excited to play in Gander, and he heard there was support in Gander and good fan support. He was excited to have this as part of his hockey career,” said White. “The thing right now is Mark is in New Brunswick representing Newfoundland and Labrador at a national ball hockey tournament, so not everyone has him chastised.”
The Flyers’ executive met over the weekend, and the Yetman signing was among its discussions.
White told The Beacon on Monday, the organization is looking at the situation in a couple of different ways, and was not ready to discuss the matter any further at that time.