So tell me, am I the only one that sees right through all these league rankings baloney and would rather see such disagreements play itself out in the most logical venue; on the ice?
Since USA Hockey is now really sanctioning only two pay-to-play leagues, how hard will it be for the Eastern Hockey League and North American 3 Hockey League to set up an end of season, match-up between the two playoff winners. Yes, a real winner-take-all game for the rights to claim a true National Championship.
To be fair, in the past the NA3HL has always participated in such events and it's been the east coasters that have always wanted to declare themselves equal (to the NAHL, USHL) and far superior to the NA3HL. Little things like the St Louis Jr Blues winning the title chased those pesky easties into hiding.
The National Championship for junior hockey has always been full of drama, but now it can be so very easy. League champ against league champ to play a single game.
Something tells me the EHL will avoid the subject like the plague, and that should not be at all surprising. History has a way of repeating itself and it's much easier to say you are the best (or pay the other guy to say it for you) than it is to prove it on the ice.
We are talking about just one game. Yes, it's time to simply shut up and play.
Author: Stephen Heisler
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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