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Seven NAHL Teams Granted Dormancy for 2012-2013 - Junior Hockey News

Published: Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012
By: Stephen Heisler  |  Web site: JuniorHockey.com

The North American Hockey League held a Board of Governors conference call today and allowed the following teams to declare dormancy for the 2012-2013 season.

Traverse City North Stars

Wenatchee Wild

St Louis Bandits

Dawson Creek Rage

Alaska Avalanche

Fresno Monsters

Michigan Warriors

**The Springfield Jr. Blues have still not committed for the 2012-2013 season.

Of the seven teams that have declared dormancy, Wenatchee and St. Louis are both close to finalizing the sale of the teams to new ownership groups. Wenatchee's franchise will be moved to prepare for the new British Columbia Hockey League franchise that they expect to be able to obtain in time for next season.

It appears as if the league will lose a minimum of five teams for next season. Sources within the league are praising the move with hopes that the overall level of play is elevated as a result of the loss of teams.

The Alaska teams, Kenai River and Fairbanks, would like to be moved to the NAHL South Division. The two teams could face some resistance from that division and could be forced to subsidize airfare expenses for teams travelling to Alaska.


posted Feb. 16th, 2012 - 12:56am
Mike Eco says:
What will happen to the players on these rosters at the end of the season?

posted Feb. 16th, 2012 - 1:25am
Cory Deeds Rookstool says:
In the case of the teams where the NAHL franchise changes hands and moves I believe that those player rights would still belong to the franchise. As far as the franchises that go completely dormant I believe their players will be eligible to be tendered and drafted in the NAHL Entry Draft, at least that is what happened when the Tornado went dormant for 2008-2009.

posted Feb. 16th, 2012 - 10:36am
Mike Cline says:
Dispersal draft.

posted Feb. 16th, 2012 - 11:52am
Lori Orchow says:
If all of this happens (and I say that since it hasn't been posted on the NAHL site) the biggest issue is for the kids now entering their last year of eligibility who have virtually no chance with the USHL and now even a smaller chance with the NAHL. All of the greed and politics have ruined hockey.

posted Feb. 16th, 2012 - 12:08pm
Roy Henderson says:
I am sure the Canadian Junior A Teams
would welcome the older players with

posted Feb. 16th, 2012 - 12:30pm
Mike Cline says:

There are still 20-21 teams in the NAHL for a player to try to make. It's going to be tougher but the better players will make a squad. I could see the league raising the roster limit back to 25 or maybe even 26.
As always, make sure you check out the teams your son is trying out for. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

posted Feb. 17th, 2012 - 8:46pm
Josh Reis says:
That type of thinking is what's completely wrong with hockey in the states.....

"I could see the league raising the roster limit to 25 or 26"

Give your head a shake!! Beyond the new millenium type thinking that every player is ENTITLED to play where they think they should and should always receive a trophy, the 23 man roster is set for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost it was set to limit expences but as time has gone on it has slowed down some of the dilution that is so apparent in T2 hockey.

The lower half dozen teams in the NAHL are horrible. The best thing that could happen to the NA as well as T3 is 10 less teams at each level. The caliber of play overall sickens me this season. I recently watched the worst team in the NAHL call up 3 players of marginal skill from a 6th place T3 team one week before the trade deadline. Just curious what the wisdom was in this. It has become a huge joke and these type of transactions just fuel the fire within every bad hockey player that they can make the jump to the next level when in reality they are miles from being of T1 or T2 caliber.

The existing thought process by USAH and many parents in hockey anymore makes my head explode.

posted Feb. 17th, 2012 - 8:50pm
Junior Dad says:
Who does 25 or 26 players on a a roster benefit? How is it helping the players or the teams to roster 2 or 3 more players only to have them sitting in the stands every weekend. Coaches have to win to keep their jobs at the Tier 2 or Tier 1 level and it is hard enough on the coaches and players to have to sit the same 2 or 3 kids every night do not make it 5 or 6.

posted Feb. 19th, 2012 - 9:31pm
Lori Orchow says:
Even having 20 NAHL teams left, they have veteran players, drafts, tenders, and their limits on 20 year olds. I suppose I simply don't understand how a hockey league gets to this place.

posted Feb. 19th, 2012 - 10:50pm
Stephen Heisler says:
Easy... Greed.

Lori, I will help get your son onto a free-to-play team's ice...he is going to have to do it from there.

Call me on Monday.

posted Mar. 9th, 2012 - 4:11pm
Lori Orchow says:
Sorry Stephen, I never checked this article's comments again, so I missed your offer...

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