Donald Kirnan and Andrew Richards are on this council. They run the fraudulent Federal Hockey League so you know they definitly don't give a crap about the junior players here.
Great article this is an absolute joke that USA hockey and vanbiesbrouck allow this to continue. These gentlemen appear to be in it for themselves and losing grasp that these leagues and teams are meant to give kids an opportunity to play and grow not to take advantage of them and their parents pockets. This is why AAU is going to take over amateur hockey
I'm confused here. It's a big deal when a few NAHL teams don't follow the standards. I AGREE that punishment should follow.
However, I see nothing published about the AAU league that is telling players it is Tier II and charging over $5K. I guess that's because the AAU has NO standards.
AAU has many standards just do some reading. the reason so many NA teams are folding and struggling is due to the fact that many are not making any money. How can you stay a float when many organizations are half a million dollars to run every year, outfitting your team equipment helmets gloves sticks that becomes very costly,bus,food,hotel,warm ups,some may have to fly around to play. Also Look at what many kids are paying in housing a month for many of these teams. Why would teams be charging kids for training when it's against their ethics and nothing being done,because they need the money plain and simple. Wait and see the NA will eventually have to be a pay to play to stay a float. For AAU to charge just seems to be smart business to keep everyone operational.
Sounds like AAU propaganda to me.
That may be very true or is it the way jr hockey is headed. How can you survive as a franchise and league when you lose thousands of dollars every year. Seems only smart way to go is pay to play. We've seen many NA teams come and go in recent years due to financial reasons. Prime example Look at the old Soo Indians of the NA I believe they had a whole tribe and casino behind them and they couldn't stay a float. Theres a long list pittsburgh forge,Compuware,Danvielle just to name a few. I think AAU may have a good business plan. But hey thats just my opinion
You are right about the number of franchises that have folded. But when Soo Indians were in the NAHL, it was a 12-team league. It has now grown to a 24-team league. Point being that while there are franchises that lose money, it seems there is always another owner willing to step up, i.e, Coulee Region and Springfield during this off-season, and by transfer, Traverse City to Soo and Alaska to Johnstown.
Having said that, perhaps some sort of pay to play is the way to go. Pay to play was unheard of in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League a few years back but most, if not all, NOJHL teams now charge a player fee.
With regards to the AAU, the propaganda I refer to is not unlike what other governing bodies like to spew. Propaganda is everywhere and no one -- including the AAU -- is immune to it, regardless of the spin.
The MWJHL (AAU)should put their standards on their website. Instead, they have NOTHING.
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