Here we are, just seven days into February, and silly season is in full swing. With legislative drama going on at USA Hockey, economic realities being faced by professional teams, and greed taking the steering wheel with every ... Read More...
The EJHL announced on their web page that they are forming their own u16 league next season, presumably to be in compliance with USA Hockey's desire to keep u16s out of Juniors and to develop their own talent. "The new league will follow the High Performance Club Criteria developed by USA Hockey in accordance with the American Development Model. Our programs will be affordable and promote development on the ice as well as in the community and the class room." Surely this means they will not be jumping over to AAU this coming season or are you thinking things are from sorted?
The EJHL has organized the u16's and will follow the Performance Club Criteria... what it does not say is that the local affilates is going along with the plan. We are certain that the youth associations are less than happy that the EJHL is going to leverage the brand into a new youth level program.
Just a week or two ago the Edmonton Journal posted that the Oilers are looking to affiliate with an ECHL club that is preferrably near OKC, so I think you might be assuming much here.
OKC is a non hockey market (Blazers gave away a lot of tickets). They sat out a goal of a 4,000 avg. last season, and finished with 4,100. Probably more paid attendance than the Blazers since they gave away around half their tickts. So with that being said, I have a hard time believing the Oilers are already finding OKC a failure. All signs still point to the fact that they are still pleased with OKC as the affiliate. They knew building a fan base here in Oklahoma would take time, so after a year and a half I question whether your source is truly credible.
Who is the source, or let me guess you're not at peace to say? Ft. Wayne will be in the ECHL, like all signs are pointing IMO. Until I see this come from a proven credible source, because coming from a blogger who doesn't even cover professional hockey this doesn't hold much water.