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Daily Dish: Stallag 13? - Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013
By: Stephen Heisler  |  Web site: JuniorHockey.com

North American Hockey League commissioner Mark Frankenfeld could be a long lost decedent of Sergeant Hans Schultz of Stallag 13.

Schultz is famous for Frankenfeld like responses such as; "Colonel Hogan (Gary Gelinas?), if you ever escape, be a good fellow and take me with you." We also can't forget "On some occasions I look the other way because in war I do not like to take sides." Tell me if I'm wrong here, but have we not seen this show before?

Consolidated Sports Holdings may be offering the perfect retirement plan for the blinders wearing commissioner. Like Sgt. Shultz, Franfenfeld is easily lured with the possibility of a Western Hockey League gig as a team's president, or maybe even the big prize of Bill Yuill backing Franfenfeld's play for his own "league of champions." Whatever it is, Gelinas has Frankenfeld over a barrel and completely under his control.

This explains the roach hotel debacle in Amarillo and exactly why Bulls' players can get away with just about anything without fear of repercussions from the league.

I sent this note to Frankenfeld on Sunday in regards to an Amarillo player making a very inappropriate gesture to a photographer:


I thought I would share this little gem that fell into my lap this evening.

This is the type of behavior that needs to be addressed at every instance. I am the NAHL's loudest supporter but it's very hard to defend the league when there is an obvious lack of control from the commissioner. You have created a monster. If team operators show zero sign of respect for standards, how can you expect the players to have any?

Mark, stop trying to take over the world and concentrate on the NAHL. Your tendency to look the other way has severely damaged the leagues reputation. Fix the problem in Amarillo, fix the problem in Coulee Region, tell Yamada to stop looking to the players to cover their own road meals, and most of all stop trying to screw everybody else just to make yourself feel better. Franchise values will take a hit if you are unable to keep the house clean.

The Central Hockey League hosted a big tier I junior meeting earlier this week in Phoenix. Those boys have your head on a target and will be extending offers that will be difficult to pass up on.  

I will continue to cover the league with or without your cooperation, and have elected to not use this picture at this particular time. Needless to say, I don't expect a reply, but I do expect some results. I'll give you a few days to address Omar Mullan's behavior, if you do the right thing, no story. If you ignore me, what I have to say will be seen by 20,000+ later this week. It's entirely your choice.


I did get a response; it was not from Frankenfeld directly, but from somebody else. "**** Heisler, that site does not get 20,000 readers in a month, much less in a week," an NAHL governor told our source. "Frankenfeld could not care less about JuniorHockey.com and whatever Heisler has to say." 

That's a rather bold response.

I'm looking around the room to find other sites or news organizations that give the NAHL even the time of day. Run a Google News search for "North American Hockey League." After going through twenty pages of the search, JuniorHockey.com is the only national entity that covers the league. Everything else is local newspapers and NAHL.com.

Why is it that year after year we have to address Frankenfeld's lack of commitment to Tier II standards, organizational behavior, and defending the value of the NAHL brand? At what point will the NAHL's Board of Governors feel that enough is enough? Forget about it, Frankenfeld makes the league money and that's what it's all about.

Mark, job #1 should be to make sure that every team is living up to their responsibilities, not covering it up when they don't. Get this job right, and idiots like Toby Harris will not be able to paint the picture that the grass is greener in New Jersey. Get this right, and win some of the respect back from the rest of the hockey community. Get this right and players like Omar Mullan will think twice about cross-checking an on-ice official, squirting water onto the fans from the penalty-box, and giving a photographer the finger.  

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Stephen Heisler resides in Puerto Penasco, Mexico with his wife, Maria, and their two children, Sonia and Tomas. Tune in to his Mexico based Classic Rock Station, GoPenasco Radio.


posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 12:07am
Andrew Hochstein says:
Geez I'm gonna back outta this before it even begins. I learned my lesson a few weeks ago. See y'all on Wednesday!!


posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 6:48am
Ted Urschel says:
The photo is worth a 1, maybe 2 game suspension. Since it wasn't directed at the opposing team, crowd or an official, I would guess only 1.

Now if he cross-checked an official, that is the USA Hockey Officials job to give a suspension, not Frankenfelds. The referee would have written the penalty down and a description of what happened on the OGR. This, along with game film, would be sent to Scott Brand for him to determine a suspension.

I'll agree Frankies job is to make sure all the teams are operating at tier II standards. His job is not to have his hand in every activity (in this case suspensions) but to delegate. Technically what Amarillo is doing with the hotel is not against the rules. While it may not be ideal, it's still acceptable per USA Hockey standards.

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 7:25am
Stephen Heisler says:
From a Bulls' parent:
Stephan...I think you are doing a great job with your website but have to clarify and question a few things especially after reading this post...I was in Amarillo a few weeks ago and the GM had asked me where I stayed and was inquiring about my hotel when It came to my mind fter reading your posts that they were looking to make a change in team hotels quite some time before your posts after Topeka raised a rukus about the current hotel...They are a first class organization from top to bottom and probably hadnt been able to get things fixed before some problems arised...I gurantee they do things right there...Obviously im disapointed in the picture of Omar Mullen that was posted and have to wonder if it was photoshopped..? Mullen is a yes sir kid who any Div 1 team would love to have...He has the heart of a lion and plays for keeps every game I have watched this season...The rivalery between Topeka and Amarillo is second to none and all players make mistakes in the heat of the battle and what bothers me is some College Coaches may get the wrong Idea about Mullen by that picture...The Amarillo Coaches do things right and work with there players to be the best on and off the ice and furthermore work as hard as I have seen to move them on to College Hockey as seen by there 10 College Commitments this year.I think they may have another 3 to 5 kids that may get commitments this year by my smell test...By your rankings they have been the best team in the league almost all season so I know you give them credit at least on the ice...As you know there are few spots left on Div 1 Hockey teams because of "Crystal Ball Recruiting" by todays NCAA Coaches and The NAHL has came along way the last 7 years I have been associated with the league to help players fill the last few spots...Remember these players are playing on "hope"and "for free" for a future in Hockey and in college so I would like to see you keep your website focused on helping as many of these kids out rather than anything that could diminish there possibilities in the future...printing that picture of Mullen gives the wrong impression of a great Heart and Soul player that most teams would kill to have on there team...Hopefully you will take the picture down for the reasons stated....oterwise some good stuff overall here....

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 7:46am
Stephen Heisler says:
Corpus Christi was forced into the same property. From what I understand, nobody will be trading rooms with Amarillo next year. Well, maybe the Tornado.

Photo Shop? Come on Penguin. That's a serious stretch.

Why would kid do something this stupid? Because consequences for such actions are not considered in the heat of the moment. Because these are different kinds of players now. Entitlement, expectations, and self gratification has replaced hard work, sportsmanship, and respect for the game.

Meanwhile, the commissioner is out trying to create the NAEHL and looking like a fool in the process.

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 8:02am
Randy Russon says:
If this was the Ontario Hockey League, the "finger-pointing" player in question would get at least a 20-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the OHL.

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 8:07am
Stephen Heisler says:
At Stallag 13 the evidence is not credible because it was provided by JuniorHockey.com.

The kid skates this weekend against Curtale.

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 8:25am
Andrew Hochstein says:
I know I said I'd stay outta this but I just can't do it.

I do think that that e-mail you received from a Bulls' parent has some good points. Mullan is an excellent player and a gentlemen off the ice. He's ALWAYS got a smile on his face and willing to pose for pictures. He's no doubt the fan favorite in Amarillo for his willingness to drop the mitts yet he can also score goals. This young man is working and playing for a college ride and your article seriously damages that. Thru 40 games so far he has 10 goals and 21 assists for 31 points and is +26. Any college would be thrilled to have him. You've made NO mention of Topeka's Tyler Poulsen's "obscene gesture" game misconduct that was assessed in the SAME GAME that this photo was taken. Why is that? Are you mad at Amarillo? If you don't like the way Amarillo is being run or the players we have then why don't you ever leave that beach in Mexico and try to change something? But you won't cause deep down you want Amarillo to get worse and worse cause bad news in Amarillo is good press for you. This article is my case in point.

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 9:28am
Martin Breen says:
Okay, where to start, every hockey player will have moments that are not his finest. These players who gave the finger will be given another chance to prove that they are mature enough to warrant a college in investing $150K in them.

Sometimes, I wonder if parents of NAHL players (or the players themselves) even watch D1 College Hockey. It is fast and exciting hockey and it is moving in the direction of ensuring player safety. So there is no fighting and even big hits will usually get the whistle. No cheapshots are allowed so if you are a player who wants a D1 scholarship, why would you do any of these things? Fighting in the NAHL may make you a "fan favorite" but it does nothing to help you get to D1.

This is what D1 coaches want: (directly from Hobey Baker site)

Hobey Baker Memorial Award Criteria

•Candidates must exhibit strength of character both on and off the ice.

•Candidates must contribute to the integrity of the team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game.

•Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportmanship.

•Candidates must comply with all NCAA rules: be full time students in an accredited NCAA college or university; and complete 50% or more of the season.

Do these things and you will have a chance to play D1.

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 9:38am
robert hutch says:
Heisler did not harm Mullins chances, Mullen did.Players who want to climb the ladder have to realize their actions have consequences.Player obscene gestures are not that rare and don't usually damage a player when done (Poulson).But to flip off someone taking a picture of you is just not thinking(Mullin).Maybe the photog said something not so nice to Mullin to get him to look up.Squirting fans to me is no big deal.The fan probably deserved it.Cross - checking a ref can be if the ref felt it was a deliberate action directed at him.Linesmen get in the way of a good scrum all the time and get roughed up.If the ref felt it was no big thing in his report then it is no big thing.Mullen probably is a decent kid and he really has improved his game this season.But he didn't help himself getting caught like this.Fatal blow? I doubt it.As for suspension one maybe two games.To give a player 20 for something like this is just rediculous.BTW , looks like Omar was on the losing end of a battle too!.

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 10:13am
Stephen Heisler says:
The problem is not in Amarillo, it's in Frisco. Frankenfeld's head is on top of the league structure and it is his responsibility to maintain standards. When he does not, this is the kind of baloney that comes to the top of the pool.

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 10:27am
Andrew Hochstein says:

You just said "the problem is not in Amarillo", yet in your e-mail to Frankenfeld you said, and I quote, "Your tendency to look the other way has severely damaged the leagues reputation. Fix the problem in Amarillo...." So which is it?

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 10:53am
Stephen Heisler says:
Frankenfeld maintains standards and Amarillo would be too scared to pull those tricks.

Do you think that CSH would ever try that crap in the Western Hockey League? Hell no.

Enough said.

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 10:58am
Andrew Hochstein says:
Ok then Stephen just for sh*ts and giggles lets say that you're in Frankenfelds position. What would you do? How would you handle the picture with Mullan and the problems with Amarillo? (Host hotel, fan problems, etc..)

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 11:27am
Stephen Heisler says:
The first thing that SHOULD have been done is to establish the line with the BOG.

Here are the standards. Here is where we are going to exceed them as a league.

Teams that operate outside of these lines will be dealt with.

Players that are unable to maintain of their emotions will be dealt with.

Enforcement of these standards and rules are not going to be selective. Do the crime, do the time, pay the fine.

Mullan will get 5 or even 10 games. Clark may be out for the season.

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 1:05pm
Christian Poulsen says:
Well, todays "program music"

Stephen, Martin and Robert
"Word Up"...Gun (version) (hey, if anybody decides to watch the film "Barb Wire" intro, its up to you!, just watch through to the high heel)...

Andrew (note: you started it) and "Parent"
"Blinded By The Light"...Manfred Mann's Earth Band
"Its Only Love"...Tina Turner and Bryan Adams...(note: I understand)
"Don't Misunderstand Me"...Rossington Collins Band
"Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"...AC DC (Bon version!)
"Master of Puppets"...Metallica

ALL the Players
"Takin' Care Of Business"...BTO (Bachman Turner Overdrive)

"I Was There"...Green Day
"Rock In A Hard Place (Cheshire Cat)...Aerosmith
+ finally:
" I Can't Dance"...Genesis

Enjoy! (or not)...(caution: with Music titles and lyrics (at least partial), I can go untill I croak...Har

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 1:07pm
Andrew Hochstein says:
But as you stated earlier, Mullan will not be suspended this weekend correct?

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 1:13pm
Andrew Hochstein says:

LOL and here's my song for you regarding my thoughts on the South Division....


posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 2:41pm
Ric Davis says:

These people are not thinking big enough, it's not Amarillo.

Keep up the good work, I've watched too much BS get swept under the rug. I'm glad you're not getting burned out by banging your head against the wall. You, as well I know, that part of the problem is like minded thinkers in control of certain teams, the Executive Committee, and the Chair of the Board.

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 2:50pm
Stephen Heisler says:
Mullan will be getting hit with 5 to 10 games...

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 3:09pm
Andrew Hochstein says:

How do you know that?

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 5:54pm
Stephen Heisler says:
From the photographer...

My name is Sheena LeMay-Nelssen and I am the photographer who took that photo of the Amarillo player flipping me off. Beyond the fact that the player had no right to flip me off, I am also 4 1/2 months pregnant and one of the RoadRunners' players was kicked out of that game for "an obscene gesture" but this player returned to the ice where he stayed the rest of the game. Thank you for sending the photo on for others to see.

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 6:06pm
Michael wood says:
I am baffled why first and foremost no one is holding the coach responsible for the behavior of his team. He ultimately can keep his team in line with playing or lack of playing time. With the "roach motel" lack of leadership etc..I can see why we on the east are so lucky to have the NAHL come in and save us from ourselves.

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 8:07pm
Sheena LeMay-Nelssen says:
As the photographer of the photo in question I will swear by my work that it was not photoshopped. I would never pass off a photoshopped photo as a real photo and also I dont have the time. I also did not say anything to the player. I was just taking photos.

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 9:26pm
robert hutch says:
Geez he flipped off a girl to boot.Nice job Omar.Just curious has Mr. Mullen at least apologized to the photographer yet?

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 10:32pm
Andrew Hochstein says:
I bet Mullan plays this weekend

posted Jan. 30th, 2013 - 1:04am
Stephen Heisler says:
How much?

posted Jan. 30th, 2013 - 8:21am
Andrew Hochstein says:
I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't play Friday night, but anything more than 1 game is ridiculous. He didn't direct "the finger" at a ref, coach, fan, or another player. I bet he plays at least 1 game this weekend. I'm just basing this on opinion, I don't have unlimited resources like you lol. But I'm a good sport so I'll play along. If Mullan doesn't play at all this weekend then on Monday on your new rankings I'll say "The Topeka RoadRunners are the greatest team to ever grace God's green earth" But if he does skate this weekend then you have to come to Amarillo the weekend of March 8th and 9th and experience the rivalry 1st hand and see what Bulls fans are really like.


posted Jan. 30th, 2013 - 10:46am
Stephen Heisler says:
Here it goes. Until my wife can travel with me, I'm not going anywhere.

We never should have had to leave in the first place. Getting her a "change of status" from a visitor visa to a permanent resident as a spouse should have taken little more than marriage certificate and evidence that the marriage is genuine.

Needless to say, that was not the case and here we are. Have lemons, make lemonade.

We are still "in the process" and when we complete it, we will likely go back for visits to experience the atmosphere in places like Amarillo again.

Will I move back to the states? I'm looking out my window and all I can see is the sea, sand, and palm trees. A little later I'll go down to the market and spend $8 on enough fish to keep our tacos filled. Veggies will cost another $8,a bit of Carne Asada (fresh off the mesquite grill) is $6. 24 bottles of Corona is a little over $13. Toss in another $15 for milk and the other stuff and we are back home with enough grub for a week.

Happy kids, happy wife, happy hockey writer.

posted Jan. 30th, 2013 - 10:55am
Andrew Hochstein says:
Well I never said y'all needed to move here lol.
So no deal then?

posted Jan. 30th, 2013 - 10:59am
Stephen Heisler says:
Honestly, It may take us a year to get this crap straightened out...so maybe next season.

posted Jan. 30th, 2013 - 1:11pm
Andrew Hochstein says:
Well Stephen when you do I'll be sure and reserve your room here....


posted Jan. 30th, 2013 - 1:48pm
Stephen Heisler says:
I'll pass...

This is more in my price range:

posted Jan. 30th, 2013 - 2:37pm
Andrew Hochstein says:
Really Stephen? Did you read some of the reviews??
Here's 2....

"We always stay here and get a room facing Polk street. Yes, it's noisy but you get a great view of the riots in front of Tatum's. Last time were were there, 25 cop cars were called and 45 arrests made. Better than HBO".

"I stayed at this hotel because it is conveniently located in downtown Amarillo. However, the night clerk was terrible, rude, and made our stay miserable".

Surely the king of junior hockey deserves better

posted Jan. 30th, 2013 - 5:45pm
David Dell says:
""He didn't direct "the finger" at a ref, coach, fan, or another player.""

so a photographer isnt a fan? maybe theyre just a 'paid employee'. kind of like a ref, or a coach...

nice justification of childish behavior...

posted Jan. 30th, 2013 - 8:25pm
Jr Ruiz says:
Actually that particular photographer IS a fan...

And that gesture shouldn't be directed at ANYONE during the game...


posted Jan. 30th, 2013 - 8:49pm
John Conley says:
Was in the Courtyard last week. Very nice property in a renovated old downtown building. Good choice.

posted Jan. 31st, 2013 - 9:30am
Andrew Hochstein says:

You're right it shouldn't be directed at anyone during a game. I'm a huge fan of Mullan but I admit he messed up, and I'm sure he regrets his actions. **it happens and people move on. Stephen's made it well known that Amarillo's not perfect, regardless of what us Bulls fans think ;) Looking back #8 Gage Christianson got a 6 or 8 game suspension (don't remember how long exactly) in November while visiting the Tornado for an "Obscene Gesture", but that was directed at the ref.

My guess is Mullan sits on Friday and skates on Saturday.

posted Jan. 31st, 2013 - 9:53am
robert hutch says:
37 posts. Man anything Bulls related sure pulls a lot of opinion!Well bottom line Mullan messed up.Now he will have to do the time.Earlier we had someone get 6 games(from an Amarillo game , what a surprise!). So it should not be any more than that. I have a question. Why is he bleeding? Did someone loosen some dental work? Just curious.

posted Jan. 31st, 2013 - 10:05am
Andrew Hochstein says:
Mullan got a tooth knocked out from a high stick back in early October in Amarillo against Odessa, I believe he got another high stick in Topeka which led to a fight, (I don't know for sure tho as I was only watching on fasthockey, maybe Christian or JR could fill in more on that). I also just noticed that pointstreak has updated the penalties from Saturday night and has included this....

Amarillo - Omar Mullan - (Obscene Gestures) (Game Misconduct), 10 MIN, 0:00

Looks like my "guess" of Mullan missing 1 game will be wrong..

posted Jan. 31st, 2013 - 10:15am
Stephen Heisler says:
Looks like mine for 5 was right-on.

posted Jan. 31st, 2013 - 10:23am
Andrew Hochstein says:
Well unfortunately Stephen we don't all have a crystal ball lol

posted Jan. 31st, 2013 - 10:29am
Stephen Heisler says:
Look's like Christian's kid is also getting a little vacation as well.

posted Jan. 31st, 2013 - 11:01am
Christian Poulsen says:
"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"...U2
"How Many More Times"...LED ZEPPELIN!...

...man, its been a while, now thats Jimmy Page

posted Jan. 31st, 2013 - 2:12pm
Jr Ruiz says:
Hockey math: 1 Finger = 5 Games...(So far!)

posted Jan. 31st, 2013 - 3:09pm
Christian Poulsen says:
Well, if that's the case, nobody ever accused the refs (Marionettes) and the league of being precise...
...I bet the Cheshire Cat (aka Master of Puppets, Bullwinkle) and the others (aka Lex Luthor, Rocky) weren't grinning when that picture showed up though...
...but, as has been said before and just recently here; playing Hockey also teaches to learn from your mistakes, life isn't fair, to respect the game,
and "Keep Pushin"...REO Speedwagon...

posted Jan. 31st, 2013 - 7:02pm
Mike Cline says:
Stuff like that happens with the intensity that these teams have. I would still pay to see Mullen play. Oh wait I did. Anyway, I like the way he plays. With a chip on his shoulder. If he played here for us he would be a fan favorite. Players with a spirit like his don't come along all that often anymore. I can't wait for the next set of games with Amarillo. Hell I might even make the trek down there.

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