Monroe: Walleye players react to Toledo’s decision to opt not to play 20-21 ECHL season

The Toledo Blade’s Mark Monroe spoke with a significant portion of the Toledo Walleye’s roster and coaching staffs after the Walleye announced that they’ve opted to not play for the 2020-2021 ECHL season:

“I’m also so sad for the people of the city,” said [Shane] Berschbach, who has become the face of the franchise. “I know how rough this has all been, and we were all looking forward to hockey bringing some happiness to the new year.”

Another veteran forward, Kyle Bonis, said he was bewildered by the announcement.

“I can’t really believe it,” said Bonis, who was slated to begin his sixth season with the team. “The news just does not seem real.”

Walleye coach Dan Watson called it a very tough moment for the entire organization and its fan base.

“Today stings for all of us,” Watson said. “I want to personally thank our players who have patiently awaited the start of the season.”

Continued; Bonis has retired.

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