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DAILY DISH: AAU or USA Hockey...Who Cares? Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 10 May 2016  
By: Stephen Heisler,

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 countries.

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.

Stephen 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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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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