While the political spectrum continues to spin the upcoming hockey season completely out of control, the North American Hockey League rumor mill has literally taken one truth and turned it into something else entirely.
No, the entire South Division is not shutting down for the season. I'm not sure WHERE that baloney is coming from, bit it's simply not true. With that said, I can tell you that players from one South Division team have been informed of their owner's decision to not go forward with the 2020-21 season. The league is expected to make that official some time today. Could there be more? Absolutely, and that news will be coming quickly.
Yes, I'm going to be very upset with any team that goes through the complete player acquisition process, including a recent main camp, only to inform those players that there is not going to be a season this year.
There should be an expectation that players from these camps will be seeking a financial reimbursement for the camp fee, along with the associated cost of participation. The lawyers are already digging in and they should be.
There will likely be a disbursal draft for the protected players from the teams that elect to suspend play for the upcoming season. Let's just hope there can be just one such draft as we begin to move forward with the season.
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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