The differences between the pay to play
junior programs of USA Hockey and AAU's United Hockey Union are becoming few
and far between. In reality, the battle between the two groups is far off the
ice and has more to do about market share and money that it is about hockey.
Let's face it, it's all junior hockey.
If anything, the rival providers of insurance
have forced one another into delivering on their promises. They have also
created a players' market where just about any skater of age can land a spot on
a team if he has the money.
What once was a level of play that was
reserved for the highest caliber of player, has quickly become a billion dollar
industry with 400+ teams competing for the same aged players across two
While the battle between USA Hockey and AAU
looms in the boardrooms, the boys on the ice could not care any less, they just
want to play hockey. So why not let them?
The coaches don't care, the fans don't care
and we now know that the college coaches don't care either. The only thing
keeping the teams from sharing the same ice is politics.
So let's forget them. Most of us are involved
for the love of the game and could not care less about the politics. Game on.
Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Now semi-retired, he spends
his time in Florida with his children Sonia and Tomas.
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