First you make a statement that is untrue about my involvement in "failed leagues" any organization I have been involved with finished the season and paid all their bills. There is no one person responsible for any league. Thanks for making it personal though. Easy to aim for what is presumed to be low hanging fruit.
To clarify, Evansville wouldn't have hockey, Bloomington wouldn't have hockey, Battle Creek wouldn't have an arena or hockey, Wisconsin Rapids River Kings would have folded, and the Dells ducks wouldn't be what they are today. Those are just four examples of teams and locations I am responsible or partly responsible for. But that story doesn't fit some peoples narrative or the other two dozen teams in USAH that I am contracted with to consult.
Sanctioning bodies mean nothing to agents or advisors who truly act in the best interest of his or her client. League initials mean nothiing. The only thing that is important is putting your client in a position for success. Thats it. Wins and losses play no part in the equation. How nice the dressing room is plays no part. How big the arena or how much fan support plays no part. It is all about the client and what is best for his career.
Example; I have a client now in western Canada. He had 4 WHL offers to sign as a free agent 2000 DOB this summer. He hasnt decided on the WHL or NCAA yet, so what was best for him was to play with his current organization. What was best is putting him in a position where he is a top performer, and gets exposure to all opportunity.
Lets examine what sanctioning is.....
Sanctioning is nothing more than providing insurance coverage when you compare USAH and AAU. You are aware of course that NCAA hockey is not sanctioned by USAH right? You are aware that Major Junior is not sanctioned by Hockey Canada too?
Here is a brief explanation on how USAH got the "sanctioning" job. https://en.wikipedia...rts_Act_of_1978 It also involves making rules of play. What it does not specifically empower them to do is interfere in the lawful operation of free enterprise or to allow other free enterprise to interfere with the competitions right to operate.
I have been a supporter of USAH for decades. I send players to the USHL and NAHL every year. This is not about sanctioning unless you need to make it about sanctioning to justify your holier than thou position. This is about what is right for the player. More free to play opportunity is whats right for the player. The bottom line is that USAH allowed the USHL and NAHL to keep 275 more free to play opportunities from the people that pay their bills.
Anyone who thinks a revolt isn't going to happen on the east coast is not educated on the east coast. Look for more news next week. All I will say is that the largest junior hockey organization in the country, with the most money, and control of the arenas, wont be staying at 144 teams.
Edited by minor life, 17 December 2016 - 08:12 AM.
There is a difference between someone who plays hockey, and a Hockey Player. which one are you?