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DAILY DISH: Independence from USA Hockey Rules? Junior Hockey News

Published: Friday, 8 Sep 2017  
By: Stephen Heisler,

Is USA Hockey now following lead of the US Government? Established standards and rules are like speed limit signs and federal immigration laws?


The 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.

SO 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.

I'm 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.

Is 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. 

The 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.

What 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?

Make no mistake, Pandora’s Box is now wide open and the crud is about to hit the fan. 

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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 the Heisler Hockey Group. Stephen and his family spend most of their time in Florida.

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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 the Heisler Group. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.

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