Nobody contacted us, we found out by checking the standings with 2 games left in the season. On Friday they were in 2nd place in the league, on Saturday morning they were 6th place in the league and 6pts out of the 5th playoff spot. They didn't make the playoffs. I don't know how the DVHL handled their discipline besides making them forfeit our game and a game against Wintersport. The VFC team was terrible to begin the season and then all of a sudden they were better than everybody else. Wasn't too hard to figure out they were cheating.
Not from VFC, but know some about this situation. The league sent an email to either all the clubs or to at least all of the 16A National clubs on 1/31 informing everyone of the situation and the specific games that were impacted. If you did not get it, then someone in your org did not share it.
Yes, there were only 2 weeks left in the season, but the league was not informed of the infraction until early January and it took that long to investigate. The league determined they did not follow the rules, then VFC went through an appeal process with the league. They had to appoint an 3 person independent group to hear the appeal which upheld the decision.
I believe it was about 2 weeks later that the coach then appealed directly to the Atlantic District. They overturned the DVHL ruling and required the league to give them back the forfeits. That started a whole fight which delayed the playoffs.
A few notes.
Yes, they weren't playing that great in the beginning of the season, but they had a bunch of injuries and at one point had to pull up kids from the A American team to help fill out the roster.
They legally picked up a very good player(who was a former colonial) right before the 12/31 roster freeze. At that point they were also healthy which is why they won their last 10 games. Though if you look at their schedule, they really only beat 2 playoff teams during that run. They lucked out playing the bottom of the division at the end.
From what I was told, the kid from TP who was deemed the illegal player(and was also a long time Colonial), was technically allowed to be rostered on VFC. He played on the TP 16AA 2003 team which is not part of the DVHL and was not a National Bound team. I've heard different opinions on this, but based on the rules, he could play for them. Where they screwed up was not properly rostering him. After all that, I think he ended up quitting.