In an unprecedented move that should
send shockwaves through the junior hockey community, the Amateur Athletic Union's
United Hockey Union has suspended the membership of the Midwest Junior Hockey
League's Holland River Bandits for a minimum of one year. The team has also
been slapped with a $2,000 fine and owner Deveri' Del Core individually with
another $2,000 fine that has to be paid by July 15th, 2013 or face
Del Core refused to comply with AAU
national director Keith Noll's decision in regards to the use of Bandits coach Michael
Chighisola. Chighisola's ( article here ) application for AAU
membership was initially rejected due to a failed background check. The would
be coach has since appealed that rejection and was not supposed to have
anything to do with the team until that process was completed.
A number of JuniorHockey.com readers
residing in the state of Illinois have informed us that they have reported their
suspicions of welfare fraud to the Office of Inspector General for the State of
Illinois Healthcare and Family Services after reading Monday's Daily Dish section regarding the River Bandits situation.
We are still awaiting word on the status of Chighisola's appeal but I can tell you this, we've been told that the organization is not looking favorable at the latest antics of the former player. Over the last few days, a number of his former team mates have contacted us with the same concern, Chighisola should never be in a position to influence impressionable young men.
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Investigative opinion writer Stephen
Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Now semi-retired,
he splits time with family in Texas and at their beach property in Mexico.
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