Yea, I know, we are all tired of seeing Wayne Stirling Wright's name
appear on the Daily Dish. In most cases, I'd have to agree with you, but in
this case, what is about to be said, really needs to be said.
Dude is just stupid. Let me explain.
Stirling controls a gofundme.com page that is still requesting donations
for a league that no longer exists; a $500 donation was made a month ago.
Wright, and his wife Petra, are still trying to recruit players to play
in Pompano Beach, despite the fact there is not a league, schedule, or even
insurance, for any such team.
Players from as far away as South Africa have been contacting us in
regards to Stirling's recent direct recruiting efforts to get players to join
the Pompano Beach team, never mentioning any trouble with the league or Amateur
Tommy Pecoraro, an Ft. Lauderdale area teen that was recruited by the
Wrights to be the Tropical Elite Hockey League's Communications Director, has
now dedicated himself to inform others that have been recently recruited by the
Pocoraro posted the following comments Tuesday on the TEHL Facebook Page:
This page is no longer run by Stirling Wright, I
have removed him so that I can share with you all the truth about them. They
conned everyone who invested in this "front" of a league.
Beware, Stirling and Petra Wright are still trying
to con people into signing up for the Pompano Beach Prowlers. They are asking
for $6,000 up front. After confronting them they deleted the Pompano page. Do note
that removed Stirling from his controls
on this page. I am the sole admin (of this TEHL Facebook page)and want to show
the truth about them.
The Daytona Beach Blaze and other teams however have
long since ended any affiliation with the now-shut down TEHL. Do not give a
cent to the Wrights, you will never see it again. They duped us all. An owner
who I will not name lost over 10,000 dollars, taken by the Wrights and used for
personal reasons. Other owners also lost thousands, and those of you who
invested lost your money as well.
Yup, all gone, Stirling embezzled almost every cent
from league funds. However some teams will still operate as independent teams
with the AAU this year...
The league never was anything more than a front to
begin with, however some teams have survived. Teams have separated from
Stirling and are now running as independents with AAU certification. Stirling
promises play in 2013-14 but it's a flat out lie. It was a scam, a front made by Stirling Wright to steal thousands from parents and families. http://www.facebook.com/TEHLHockey
If you think that
Pocoraro is upset, wait until you see what parents in Great Falls had to
We have kept an interested eye on this Tropical disaster.
Thank you for pursuing this fraudulent
person(s). Our interest in the Wright family started with a midnight phone
call from Michigan about the Great Falls Americans job after a solid head
coach, Matt Frank, was fired. Dino Curcio, an old & unique friend,
called us about Stirling prior to Stirling's call. It was a very one sided
and pompous conversation about him, his goalie and the AWHL.
Stirling left a lot of our friends and potential hockey supporters
at a "loss for words or actions." He even had the ignorance to
pursue us as a potential buyer in Florida after leaving Great Falls and
associates in a lurch, hmmm.
Perhaps we should have spoken up earlier; owning our own business,
the plan presented to us from Stirling was absurd in a short period for the
TEHL. Not even smoke and mirrors, just garbage.
Buyers beware, but, with all these teams, coaches & leagues
presenting enticing promises, many just don't do their homework to the best of
their ability. We remain discouraged by all this.
While I do not agree with all your points, I believe
Knowledge is Freedom, so Read, Write, Think. Therefore, keep
We are economically well off and can afford to fail once in a
while, however, so many of our friends are not.
Tim & Dana Mattfeldt, Great Falls,
The Wright's have even made Scambook.com
I know what I am writing are some serious
allegations and the reason why I am writing is because there are several people
who are confirming the allegations are real, but our family would like to know
I did not know who to call or how to submit
such a statement asking for investigation, so I thought this was the place to
Here is what is going on: We signed our son up
to play hockey for the Tropical Elite Hockey League, we had to pay $500 fee to
the league so we can then be placed on our team. I have no complaints against
the team my son was placed on, the Daytona Beach Blaze, actually, the owner of
the team has been very upfront with us and keeping us updated on what will
happen with the teams that paid monies to be a part of the TEHL.
The TEHL is a non profit 501C corporation. I
have several issues with the Wright's. First, there are allegations from teams
owners that the monies paid to the TEHL, under Wright's control were used for
Under the Corporate laws, monies given to a
501C cannot be used for personal use. The Wright's have paid hotel bills in
excess of $6,000, rented a home in Daytona Beach and Mr Wright used 501C monies
for a personal trip to Scotland.
The allegations are that $26,000 is unaccounted
for. $500 of it our money paid to the league. The other issue I have is I
looked up the Corporate information and on the 501C Stirling Wright and his
wife Petra Wright are listed on the corporation, however, Mrs Wright listed her
name as Petra Write. They claim this was a misspelling by legalzoom, however, when
you fill out paperwork on legalzoom, the person starting the corporation is
typing in the information and then you confirm the information before sending.
I wish I had concrete evidence of what is going
on, all I know is that there is an awful lot of monies missing and we were misled
by the Wrights.
It is my hope that these allegations be looked
into and there is a conclusion of what is going on with TEHL.
It is also alleged that the third party listed
on the corporate documents did not give permission to the Wright's to be listed
as Treasurer on the documents.
Again, I would like to have all of these
serious allegations looked into. Not only does it affect my 15 year old son,
but it affects many of the kids that have paid to be part of this league and have
moved to the Florida area to play hockey, many of whom are staying with
The Wright's were asked to handover their books
to the team owners within 24hrs of being asked, as of today, it has been
several days and no financial information has been shared with anyone.
At this point, what else needs to be said?
How about this, where in the heck are the local and federal authorities?
How can the Wright's continue to operate and get away with conning hockey players without facing
criminal charges? At this point, I'm speechless.
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