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Daily Dish: New Normal? Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 11 Aug 2020  
By: Stephen Heisler,

Doomsday is NOT here. 

Despite the wishful thoughts and hopes of a ridiculous number from the world of academia, arts, and video games, life as we know it WILL go on. 

It was all gloom and doom yesterday as sports expert after sports expert expressed their weighted opinion regarding the likely cancellation of NCAA fall sports, including the king of all sports, football. So I waited for the actual leagues (Big 10) to drop the hammer. As the midnight hour fast approaches, there's nothing.

No, I don't think COVID is a hoax, but I have seen direct evidence of an alarming number of situations where numbers have been manipulated to makes things appear much worse than they really are. Why is this happening? It would be absolutely foolish to think that it's not politically motivated. If you refuse to believe that politics is not playing any role in the false reporting, please hit that backspace button now.

While season start dates for junior hockey continue to be prolonged, I'm confident we will be able to relish some type of season this year. The Alberta Junior Hockey League is likely to make an announcement this week regarding the pushing of their start date to December in a move that matches both the Western Hockey League and British Columbia Hockey League. 

A very reliable North American Hockey League source confirmed the league's intention to begin play October 9th.

News from the United States Hockey League took a turn for the worse yesterday when heavy damage to the Des Moines Buccaneers' arena was reported. It's unclear how that will play into the USHL plans for this season.

The other junior leagues are charging ($$) forward with their start plans, regardless of mandatory quarantine laws, catastrophic billeting issues, and travel bans. Coaches' paychecks are directly related to successful recruiting. 

I'm sticking to the position that it's safer to secure opportunities outside the jurisdiction of far-left leaning governors and city officials. 

We get it; the coaches have to recruit with a blind eye on the news. But how realistic are junior hockey plans in states that already cancelled high school football? Where is that? California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington. 

Consider the fact that Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine not being listed alongside the above group a ruse. I have a sneaky feeling they are holding back for dramatic effect more than anything else. 

So what's a junior hockey player and parent to do? Relax, turn the TV off and enjoy the extended off-season. Yes, the kids may be home for an extra month or so, but the game will survive.

Drop the puck already!

Author: Stephen Heisler from
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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