Are rules really meant to be broken, or is it simply much easier to change them? That's the question that USA Hockey's Junior Council will be presented with at the 2020 Annual Winter Meetings here in Orlando.
Considering the organization's inability to police itself when it comes to the enforcement of Tier standards, and really any issue off of the ice, one can only imagine the kind of rule changes we can expect to come out of these meetings.
USA Hockey needs a Kojak. Somebody without ties to the game, somebody with a bad attitude and nose for what's right.
The honor system of enforcement is not effective so can we expect the Junior Council to assign somebody the task of enforcement? In a time when USA Hockey has increased income, surely some money could be allocated for such a position. This person needs to be a professional investigator with a law enforcement background. He needs to have the resources and authority to open up any operator's books without notice. He needs to be able to work from set guidelines in regards to suspensions and fines for offenders. The position can be entirely funded by fines levied against offending operators.
The argument against such a position is that it is the league's responsibility to enforce the standards. Like a dirty cop with his hand in the cookie jar, that policy is not effective. Well, the Junior Council needs to put a big star on somebody's chest and arm him with unprecedented authority to police the level of play.
So what league is going to stand up and make the proposal to create such a position?
Author: Stephen Heisler
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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