DISH: MAJOR EXPANSION
USA Hockey has approved the expansion
for the North American 3 Hockey League and the formation of the five-team Rocky
Mountain Junior Hockey League.
The NA3HL announced new teams for
Nashville and Decatur, Alabama along with North Richfield Hills, Texas where
the Texas Brahmas will move from the Western States Hockey League to the NA3HL.
The Aspen Leafs, Colorado Rampage,
Colorado Thunderbirds, Pikes Peak Miners and Grand Junction Coyotes are the
founding members of the new RMJHL.
In the battle of the West, USA Hockey
has decided to go head-to-head with AAU's most powerful group, the Western
States Hockey League. I'm not sure that Colorado was the best battleground for
USA Hockey but we have to appreciate the effort. The group of operators is
among the best organized youth programs in the region.
A lot of folks are asking the same
question; where are the players coming from?
Unlike the bureaucracy that is USA
Hockey, AAU can make a quick adjustment to offset any player procurement
issues. A policy change that completely eliminates the import player language
would be a swift and bold first step.
Report teams were asked this question. Do you utilize an athletic training
staff and how do you manage player injuries?
Detroit Fighting Irish, Midwest Junior Hockey
League - "We utilize a training staff
whom are specifically dedicated to injury prevention. Our trainer is NCAA
experienced and has been part of some of the top university programs in the
country for nearly two decades. She is currently on staff with the University
of Michigan," Daniel Vasquez replied. "The trainer is the final word on
all player injuries and is consulted on all of our training processes. The real
value has been the ability of our players when requiring rehab or the
delicacy of concussion issues that we have a professional backed by a
staff of professionals to make the right decisions concerning our players'
health and safety."
Soo Firehawks, Midwest Junior Hockey
League - "We have one of the best guys in the league. He's on par with the best
in the country after seeing what the top teams had with them at nationals.
Phill Woolcocks is our all-around guy. He's a nutritionist helping the guys
with good eating and proper supplements," Matt Parker said. "He's on his
way to being a pro trainer and body builder and to boot he's and
firefighter/EMT. He's always on the bench for us and made the trip to Vegas
with us as well. He's there every day we are putting in his time he also has
his own trainers' room which helps a lot. Phil does a great job keeping our
guys healthy on and off the ice and when it comes to injuries he is right there
whether it be us or the away team. He's an asset and I think he helps our
program and keeps us on par with some of the best jr teams in the country. Not
many teams are able to have a guy like Phil, he's more a part of the team then
just a trainer."
Arizona Redhawks, Western States Hockey
League - "We have a training staff that works with our boys four nights a week,"
Robert Powell answered. "The medical staff is on call 24/7 and we share our
doctor with the Coyotes of the NHL, along with a physiotherapist who works will
all our injuries."
Cheyenne Stampede, Western States Hockey
League - "It is so important to have a training team in place for injury
prevention. The players do not take care of their bodies as well as they
should for numerous reasons," Eric Ballard answered. "With a
training staff you can at least try to heal, prevent and strengthen those
athletic injuries, I try to use a sport specific training personnel at
every team I am involved with."
Southern Oregon Spartans, Western States Hockey
League - "I believe in the game today injuries are becoming more and more common.
It is critical at all levels of the game a qualified person needs to be
in attendance. I have been fortunate to have quality qualified training
staffs for teams I have been associated," David Cole explained. "Training staffs
can be integral parts of team success handling injuries and other issues to
help players on a daily basis. In my opinion the direction and opinion of
a qualified training staff and team doctors are to be respected and decisions
should be made accordingly. Player safety in today's game is paramount."
Valencia Flyers, Western States Hockey
League - "We have a staff strength and conditioning coach as well as an
athletic trainer on staff," Scott Allegrini replied. "We have an
affiliation with our local hospital as well that sends a representative
each Wednesday for injury evaluation. He will treat minor injuries on
site and when necessary refer the players for follow up at their clinic/rehab
East Coast Eagles, United States Premier
Hockey League - "Yes, we are using OSNC(Orthopedic Specialists of North
Carolina)," Jocelyn Langlois said. "They come to every home games and
twice weekly for practices."
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GAMES OF THE NIGHT
Warriors at Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Robertson Cup Semi-Finals - It really all comes to this; can the Ice Dogs
freeze Michigan Warriors goaltender Trevor Gorsuch? If they can, they win...if
not they lose.
My Pick- Michigan
Bruins at Topeka RoadRunners, Robertson Cup Semi-Finals - Hey Scott Langer, no pressure. The last time the only
head coach in RoadRunners' history was this close to a Robertson Cup... let's
just pass the throat lozenges.
My Pick- Austin
JUNIOR PLACEMENT SHOWCASE
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(JPS). JPS is among the oldest running hockey showcases in the Western
United States. Who should attend: JPS is a great
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hockey. In attendance will be 50-60 Hockey Coaches/General Managers
representing Jr. A (US and Canada), Prep Schools, Midget AA/AAA and Colleges
(Division I and Division III). The exposure from this showcase gives the
participants a great experience along with excellent opportunities to be seen
by numerous hockey coaches and scouts. For more info visit http://www.jpshockey.com/
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