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NPHL Update Junior Hockey News

Published: Monday, 25 Apr 2016  
By: Garrett J Fabris

Eugene, OR -- The Northern Pacific Hockey League held its Annual Governor’s Meeting on Wednesday, April 20th, in Seattle, where league governors reviewed the past season and looked forward to what lies ahead.

League President Flint Doungchak said, “We are proud of the development model we offer the players in our league. Our financial house is very much in order and we are moving both players and referees up to higher levels in hockey. Further, we have even seen a 52% decrease in major penalties. These are all factors in what has made us a successful league.”

As the league reviewed the ever-changing landscape in junior hockey it became clear that the time has come to activate efforts to align itself with another larger league, as has been the trend for numerous leagues lately. Key elements were considered in finding the best fit for the league’s teams within the USA Hockey development model. “The time has come to broaden our horizons,” commented league Commissioner Garry Swain.

In discussing the prospects for a merger, Marc Boxer, USA Hockey Junior Director, commented saying, “USA Hockey has always supported the efforts of the NPHL, as we do with all of our Junior Leagues, and we look forward to their continued participation in USA Hockey."

To that end, the league has opened discussions to merge. Although these discussions are in the preliminary stages, and specifics cannot be disclosed at this time, team operators are looking forward to next season and beyond. “This is an exciting time for junior hockey in the Pacific Northwest,” said Swain.

The Northern Pacific Hockey League provides a quality junior hockey experience for student-athletes. Since 2000, the NPHL has given players in Washington, Oregon and Idaho a place to continue their development and prepare for higher levels of junior or college hockey.

In other league developments, the Bellingham Blazers will also be moving to a different league, outside of USA Hockey, the National Governing Body for the sport and sponsor of the United States Olympic team and teams that compete in World Championships at all levels.

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