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Daily Dish: Stagger the Roster Deadline Dates Junior Hockey News

Published: Thursday, 5 Jul 2018  
By: Stephen Heisler,

Junior hockey prospects, and their families,  have been getting the run-a-round this time of year since the early 90s. Why would it be so difficult for the United States Hockey League to set their rosters by the first week in August, than force the North American Hockey League to do the same thing a week later? 

Such deadlines would eliminate some of the guesswork for prospects a week or so before classes get started at the schools.  At some point, USA Hockey needs to understand that we are talking about a large number of student athletes here, and now a heard of cattle.

The teams, leagues, and prospect names change, but it is still the same old game. With total disregard to the academic adjustments it may cause, USHL teams are holding onto prospects as long as they can to make sure they have the right mix. Speeding up that process would give younger players the chance to settle in at their next best option.

While all that is going on at the USHL, NAHL coaches are having to do the same thing, and they also have a number of prospects that have zero chance of making the team once the USHL wannabes get to town.  Most of the time we are talking about fringe prospects that are still of school age, but the delays also cause headaches for older players. Some of these guys like to take a few classes college during the season and that registration process can be tricky at the last minute. 

Now lets see if anybody from the junior council steps to the plate to present this bit logic. 

Author: Stephen Heisler from
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with Victorious Hockey Company. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.

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