The EJHL no longer exists. The EHL which is no where close to what the EJHL was exists, but not for long.
The EJHL was no question a better league than the NAHL 5 to 7 years ago. The NAHL has only made these tremendous strides in the last 3 to 5 years.
One third of the USHL leading scorers come from the USPHL's territory. If the USPHL has free to play, I make a sizable bet that those players do not go to the USHL.
9 members of the NTDP U-18 team from USPHL territory, many from USPHL programs. 10 members of the U-17 team from USPHL territory, many from USPHL programs.
The NAHL lit the fuse to this fight by going out east with the NA3 and then the NAHL. The USPHL pissed the USHL off with their rebranding from the EJHL to USPHL because it is a similar name to USHL. The USHL didn't trademark their name, or begin the process to trademark the name until after the USPHL announced so there was nothing they could do and they are still upset about it.
Some people think I am way off on this. Its ok, those same people thought I was way off on the IHL merging with the CHL. Some people thought I was way off with the CHL merging with the ECHL too. My next prediction.......NAHL and NA3HL will be decimated on the east coast within 24 months. If the USPHL goes with AAU, they will spread across the country quicker than anyone can imagine and in very short order USA Hockey will be a youth hockey organization and maybe have a small group of junior hockey.