Hockey now following lead of the US Government? Established standards and rules
are like speed limit signs and federal immigration laws?
USA HOCKEY INDEPENDENT PROTECTED LIST
Eugene Generals have been registered as an independent junior team. Was this
approved by the junior council? They can do this despite not playing a single
"junior" game within the umbrella of USA Hockey with a schedule made
up of college club and 18U games. The only actual "junior" games are
against the unsanctioned teams from the United States Premier Hockey League?
There are actually teams within the existing structure of the junior council
that are folding because of the predatory practices from the USPHL, yet USA
Hockey has elected to actually PROTECT the roster of the Eugene Generals? This
after the Butte (NA3HL) coach took all the players to the Florida Eels, ultimately
forcing Butte into dormancy.
the precedent is now set... any team from the USPHL or Western States Hockey League
can seek independent status from USA Hockey in order to play against ACHA or
midget games? This will be great news for them all, considering what happened
to the Dallas Ice Jets a few years back.
appalled and disgusted. IT'S MY PERSONAL OPINION that Generals’ General Manager Flint Doungchak (also Pacific
District coach) and his friends from USA Hockey just got away with a
scheme to defraud players to the tune of $150,000+. That fraud includes the use
of the USA Hockey logo, name, and protection on a team that never had the
intention of playing a single USA Hockey sanctioned junior game this season.
They did not inform all the players regarding the schedule until the bulk of
agreements were signed.
it criminal? Maybe not. Is it fraud? I think so. I also feel that USA Hockey
has a ton of liability because of the secretive effort to let Eugene get away
with it. I'm also trying to figure out
how USA Hockey can stop ANY group from sanctioning new (or existing) junior
teams from doing the same thing.
Minnesota Mullets, a team that wanted to remain in USA Hockey (instead of leaving with the
USPHL) and move the team to the Superior International Junior Hockey League
this season, should hire a lawyer.
about all the youth teams? Mite teams have to change names (and uniforms) to
play outside of USA Hockey...maybe not anymore? Do the same rules no longer
apply to all levels of USA Hockey?
no mistake, Pandora’s Box is now wide open and the crud is about to hit the
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