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EJ's Tremblay Has Meltdown After Loss to AJ's Rangers - Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013

Formation of USPHL Raises Many Questions
As teams took to the ice this weekend during the EJHL Showcase, held at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts, there were some obvious matchups that would garner more attention than others.
 
When the final buzzer sounded on Friday for one of the earlier EJHL vs AJHL matchups; the Boston Junior Rangers (AJHL) defeating the Middlesex Islanders (EJHL) by a score a of 2 -1. It certainly brought positive attention to the newly formed Rangers as well as other teams in the AJHL competing in the event. But what's been widely reported was the alleged meltdown by the Islander's well-paid Head Coach, Sean Tremblay immediately following the loss.
 
Several reports indicated that Tremblay was bitter over his team's performance as if losing to the Boston Rangers was beneath him as a coach. Tremblay reportedly dressed down his team and told them that their performance might negatively impact his team's stature in the newly formed USPHL, the new "Super League" being formed by Tremblay, Peter Masters of the Bruins, Jim Hunt of the Hitmen and Rich Touzos, owner of the South Shore Kings.
 
Aside from Tremblay's reported entertaining "meltdown", the results may answer some questions about the future of hockey in the northeast, but it also raises many new questions.  
 
As for the competition between the AJHL and the EJHL, the EJHL bested the AJHL overall in the win/loss column (3-11-3) but all games were competitive, with nearly every game being within 1 to 3 goals. That's what most would call PARITY and with so much of it, what exactly is the USHPL really selling? Even this year's World Juniors matchups didn't enjoy as much parity.
 
After many discussions, meetings, sidebars and the like, as to what the landscape of hockey will be in the northeast,  (typical hockey politics) its got several club owners in panic mode, and for all the wrong reasons.
 
The EJHL South, another EJHL money-grab, is supposedly coming to end, and the word is the southern teams have no desire to renew with the EJHL or new USPHL, but are looking for another League to join.  I guess it wasn't worth it after all? Dan Esdale was holding court....but why? Is there any truth to notion that some EJHL teams might be "lawyering up" over this USPHL and who will USA Hockey's insurance policy protect? Were there any USA Hockey officials at the Showcase trying to do damage control?
 
And the biggest question being asked; what clubs are actually going to pony up the $350,000 for a USPHL Franchise, why and what do you get for your $350,000 other than a receipt? What happens if the USHL jumps into this fight...oh yeah, there's plenty of rumors about the USHL planting their own version of a "PHL", which is a story for another day.
 
We are hearing that clubs like Buffalo, Comcast, Junior Flyers, Pittsburgh, Suffolk and Stamford, and then from within the EJHL, Bay State, Monarchs, Portland and Valley Warriors are the leading contenders to round out this new USPHL. So we might suggest that all of you clubs get in one room, form your own "PHL", then invite the Hitmen, Bruins, Islanders and South Shore to join your new league. Far better odds when its 10 against 4. Oh, the franchise price for your new league... $750,000. It's a fair price, after all money must grow on trees, besides, the kids will foot the bill....right?
 
Hopefully, everyone can see how ridiculous this is getting. This is nothing more than a money-grab.  These folks didn't invent the game; they were given the responsibility to serve as custodians of amateur hockey in their respective areas; to grow the game; help young athletes reach their full potential, keep the sport fun and affordable.
 
We've all heard the famous quote by P.T. Barnum  "there's a sucker born every minute" and when plunking down $350,000, as a price of admission into a tuition-based amateur hockey league, it begs some serious questions.
 
1)   What do you get for the $350,000 and where is that money going? Is to line someone's pocket? Is to build a brand? Is it funding another member's club?

2)   How do you amortize $350,000 and what's the return on investment? Will it make your rinks and clubs more money?

3)   Does this draw better players to your club than you currently have? Or will you need to recruit from across the country? Are their other costs for this new venture that you didn't count on? Will your coach's pay reach stratospheric levels?

4)   Will you have to sign some kind of exclusivity to join and does it apply to all members? If  it doesn't go so well and you want to leave, is there some indemnity fee to pay? Can you be thrown out for poor performance? Who gets to vote on that?

5)   Will you get to know what clubs will comprise the new league, prior to having to make your commitment final? This is important, what if two or three clubs "sneak" through that really doesn't have ANY track record or have a bad track record of performance, and their only ability is to write a $350,000 check...then what?

6)   Could some faction of these clubs decide to form yet another league down the road? Will there be rules to prevent that from happening?

When the dust settles, the newly perceived "haves" and "have nots" are established, I am sure there will be another meeting to create the counter-attack to the USPHL and it will be leaner, smarter, faster, better, cleaner, bigger, stronger.... and Juniorhockey.com will be there to cover it.
 
You know what we think....what do you think?







Discuss:

posted Jan. 7th, 2013 - 7:43am
Stephen Heisler says:
Our Atlantic insider has really stirred the nest today.

Good stuff!

posted Jan. 7th, 2013 - 7:45am
Stephen Heisler says:
...and these dummies feel that their league is at a higher level of play than the NAHL?

Maybe the NA3HL...

posted Jan. 7th, 2013 - 10:17am
Stephen Heisler says:
It's very funny to see that all of our EJ fans are sitting this discussion out.

I love it when on-ice results are able to mute the on-line yappers.

posted Jan. 7th, 2013 - 11:37am
Greg Scott says:
ITS LIKE WHEN THE MONARCHS AND SOUTHSHORE GOT BEAT IN THE NATIONALS BY THE SAINT LOUIS JR B TEAM. THAT WAS THE LAST TIME TREMBLAY AND THE EJHL CAME TO NATIONALS. THEY CANT TAKE THE HEAT.

posted Jan. 7th, 2013 - 11:57am
Mike Johnson says:
http://usphl.com/usphl-grows-to-12-members/#USPHL

UNITED STATES PREMIER LEAGUE GROWS TO 12 MEMBERS

Dateline: January 5, 2013

BOSTON, MA-THE UNITED STATES PREMIER HOCKEY LEAGUE (USPHL) is pleased to announce the addition of 8 new organizations to the League’s roster. These additions will continue to develop and expand the USPHL and its goal of providing a new national opportunity for hockey at the Junior and 16U/18U Midget Levels.

The League additions at the Junior Level include the Bay State Breakers, Connecticut Yankees, and Portland Pirates. The additions at the Midget Level include the NH Junior Monarchs, Portland Pirates, Selects Academy, Providence Capitals, Rochester Stars and the Springfield Pics.

posted Jan. 7th, 2013 - 12:27pm
Michael wood says:
Let's take a closer look at this game. The game was solely won by the goaltender of the Rangers. The shots were 48-12. Sam Bernard is 6'4" and has unbelievable stats. He was at the USHL prospects and I can't believe the NAHL did not pick him up. He is from Colorado right in their backyard. Reminds me of the Hitmen and Stolars. This kid is D1.

posted Jan. 7th, 2013 - 2:45pm
Adam Janik says:
Sat this one out because I just saw it. You put some good articles down bottom when they should be up top. As far as I can see, unless I read it wrong, the ej went 11-3-3. Is that bad? The Bostont Jr Rangers, I beleive, are a first year team in the AJ and one of the best Midjet AAA teams in the nation last year. I think it shows that there are many good teams not in the USHL, NAHL, EJHL.

posted Jan. 7th, 2013 - 3:27pm
Stephen Heisler says:
Adam,
11-3-3 against competition that is at the Tier III level is nothing to brag about when you are bragging about being better than the NAHL.

Once again, all that was proven is that it is easier to say your the best than it is to prove it on the ice.

EJHL Teams
Bay State Breakers
Boston Bandits
CT Oilers
Islanders Hockey Club
Junior Bruins
New Hampshire Monarchs
New Jersey Hitmen
New York Apple Core
Philadelphia Revolution
Portland Jr Pirates
Rochester Stars
South Shore Kings
Springfield Pics
Valley Jr. Warriors

EJHL South
Atlanta Knights
East Coast Eagles
Florida Eels
Hampton Roads Whalers
Palm Beach Hawks
Potomac Patriots
Space Coast Hurricanes
Tampa Bay Juniors

AJHL
Hartford Wolfpack
NY Bobcats
Walpole Express
NJ Rockets
Washington Junior Nationals
Boston Junior Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers
Scranton Wilkes/Barre
Northern Cyclones

Preps
Northwood School
Bridgton Academy
National Sports Academy
New England Wolves
Bridgton Academy B team

CEGEP (From Quebec)
Andre Laurendeau
St Lawrence Lions
Sorel-Tracy - Rebelles

posted Jan. 7th, 2013 - 3:34pm
Greg Scott says:
THIS JOKE OF A LEAGUE GETS FUNNIER AND FUNNIER. THE CONNECTICUT YANKEES???? THEY NEVER HAD A JUNIOR TEAM BEFORE. I GUESS SOMEONE THERE CAN WRITE THE BIG CHECK. MUST BE RELATED TO THE MASTERS.

PORTLAND????? THIS HAS TO BE A JOKE. THEY CAN'T EVEN PLAY IN THE EJHL. WHY NOT VALLEY? THEY ARE BETTER THAN MOST OF THE TEAMS YOU'VE NAMED. WHAT A JOKE.

WHAT IS THE LEAGUE MOTTO "SHOW ME THE MONEY" ???

THE EJHL ISN'T AS GOOD AS IT ONCE WAS. EVEN THE COLLEGE COACHES WERE SAYING THE SAME THING. EVERYONE HAS CAUGHT UP TO THE BIG BAD EJHL SO THEY ARE WORKING THIS NEW SCHEME CALLED THE USPHL. IT WON'T CHANGE ANYTHING EXCEPT IT WILL COST MORE MONEY TO PLAY ON A USPHL TEAM.

posted Jan. 7th, 2013 - 4:43pm
Bill Mueller says:
So now Janik says Hiesler hides the EJ articles so he can't find them.

I like the way Greg Scott plays the game.

posted Jan. 7th, 2013 - 6:24pm
Christian Poulsen says:
Fer sure!...I know I'm (we're) pro NAHL prejudice (and rightfully so)...but I'm a Greg Scott fan!

posted Jan. 7th, 2013 - 7:24pm
Michael wood says:
The joke is the NAHL is this superior league but the lowly EJHL has better college placement. Even paying you are ahead cause it's not free to travel to Texas, Fairbanks etc. and you will have a better shot playing college.

posted Jan. 8th, 2013 - 12:29am
Greg Scott says:
THE NAHL PLAYED THE EJHL A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN THE EJ WAS BETTER AND THE EJ WON 6 GAMES OUT OF 60. THE NAHL IS MUCH BETTER. THE EJ TEAMS BRAG WHEN THEY PICK UP THE RANDOM NAHL PLAYER THAT WAS CUT LIKE ITS SOME BIG ACCOMPLISHMENT. THE NAHL HAS 53 DIV I COMMITS SO FAR. http://nahl.com/player-advancement/college/

WHAT DOES THE EJ HAVE SO FAR? 13 OR SO. http://www.collegecommitments.com/CommitList.aspx?x7

MICHAEL YOU DON'T SPEAK THE TRUTH. THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 53 AND 13... YOU MUST WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT.

posted Jan. 8th, 2013 - 8:10am
Greg Scott says:
CHIRP CHIRP CHIRP.... ALL QUIET NOW. THE FACTS ARE THE FACTS. ITS CLEAR THAT THE NAHL PLACES FAR MORE PLAYERS INTO DIVISION I COLLEGE HOCKEY THAN THE EJ. AND EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THE EJ GOES AFTER PLAYERS THAT ALREADY HAVE COMMITMENTS AND OFFER THEM FREE RIDES TO PLAY ON THEIR JUNIOR TEAMS. SOME PLAYER IS PAYING FOR ANOTHER KID TO PLAY WHO ALREADY HAS A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP.

posted Jan. 8th, 2013 - 10:09am
Bill Mueller says:
I can't believe these last two posts have sat here this long. Mr. Scott is trolling with some hot bait.

posted Jan. 8th, 2013 - 12:10pm
Greg Scott says:
ITS NOT BAIT NOR TROLLING. ITS FACT. THE TWO LINKS ARE FROM THE EJ AND NA WEBSITES LISTING THE PLAYERS THEY CLAIM ARE COMMITTED DIV I. IF I AM WRONG SOMEONE WOULD BE CALLING ME OUT ON IT. IM NOT WRONG. HEY, THE EJHL IS A DECENT LEAGUE AND I AM NOT SURE WHY THESE GUYS ARE BLOWING UP THEIR OWN LEAGUE TO MAKE ANOTHER WITH MOST OF THE SAME TEAMS, COACHES, BUILDINGS AND PLAYERS. ITS JUST ANOTHER PIG WITH LIPSTICK THAT COSTS A LOT OF MONEY.

posted Jan. 8th, 2013 - 5:45pm
Bill Mueller says:
Don't get me wrong Greg. I'm buying what you're selling.

posted Jan. 8th, 2013 - 6:07pm
Greg Scott says:
WE"RE GOOD BILL

posted Jan. 10th, 2013 - 12:19am
Bill Platt says:
Greg, I think you may have counted apples and oranges using two different sources. You counted 2012-2013 D1 commitments from the nahl web site vs 2013-2014 D1 commitments from rinknet. If you go to rinknet and count NAHL D1 commits for 2013-2014 it totals about 15 right now. Those numbers will continue to grow for both leagues as the year goes on. NAHL has a larger number of total players with 24 teams vs 14 for the EJ. So 13 names from EJ is a larger percentage of players committed for the same time period than 15 from NAHL.


posted Jul. 20th, 2013 - 11:22pm
Michael Wood says:
I see Tremblay went and got the AJ goaltender that bested him in Winter Showcase for his USPHL team.

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