Hockey Canada going to say NO to outlaws!

Hockey Canada has passed what many will say is the most aggressive policy in years. This policy is aimed at non-aligned “outlaw” hockey league. In the Action Bulletin released on July 5,2008 this bulletin send some jabs at these outlaw league. Canadian Hockey News believe that the three leagues in question are the CYO Polar Bears ( a member of the Canadian Parents Hockey Association), the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League ( a member of the National Junior Hockey Alliance), and WHA Junior Hockey League (also a member of the National Junior Hockey Alliance).

Hockey Canada points out that these leagues:

They profess to have a better program yet often operate without a constitution, by-laws, create their own rule book and do not provide adequate insurance for their participants. Further, they offer the lure of “Rep” or “Junior” level competition when this is clearly not the case.

In addition Hockey Canada provide clear and distinct guidelines for suspension, and ineligibility of people participating in these organization. Hockey Canada went even further to not allow municipalities/arenas who endorse/support these leagues to host National, Regional, or affiliated leagues’ championships, which includes the Canadian Hockey League (major junior).  Additionally, they will no longer sanction tournaments being held in arena/municipalities that support these organizations.For example, in the Greater Toronto Hockey League no teams will be permitted to use, or hold tournaments in Thornhill Community Center because the Toronto Canada Moose of the GMHL operates out of there.

It is clear that Hockey Canada wants nothing to do with these leagues, and dispises of their existence. Some question if these tactics are legal, others question based on who exactly is affected. Some also think that this will just go to drive more houseleagues to these outlaw leagues due to the lack of governance, what many at the houseleague level have called for.

For more information regarding this policy click here.

URL Link:http://www.ohf.on.ca/web_pages/headlines_news.php?ID=181

Making it!

Do you plan on making the NHL? It is good to see that you have aspirations in hockey, don’t let anybody deture you from your dreams. However, making the NHL is no easy task. In fact, it is proably one of the most gruelling and painful endevors an athelet can make. If you were to think about making the NHL as a triathalon, your minor hockey career would probaly account for about the part where you wade into the lake to begin your swimming. Players who were selected high in the OHL Priority Seleciton are off to a bit of a better start however, they are still within reach. If you have any hope of catching you will have to start training immediatly! Check yourself into the nearest gym and contact a professional to start a training regiment. Now, you are going to have to play your heart out. Play hard, shift in shift out. Finally and most imporantly make sure you have a good attitude. Some of those that were selected higher and are off at the beginnging of the pac could drop beacuse of a bad attitude.  For those of you at the front of the pac keep going, people are behind you trying to catch up, and believe me they will. Your attitude will hinder you in your progression to the next level.

If you fail to make the NHL remember you will have the satisfaction of knowing you did your best and couldn’t cut it. You will have no regrets.

Canada loses one of its Hockey’s Sons, Luc Bourdon passed away on May 29,2008

The Hockey community has been struck with tragedy again. Luc Bourdon a defenseman with the Manitoba Moose, and top draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks was sadly killed in a motorcycle accident. A truely unfortunate event. Luc represented Canada in the world juniors, winning 2 goad medals for Canada. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Luc.

A moment of silence will be observed at Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Canadian Development Model and YOU!

Hockey Canada has created a manual to educate you about the Canadian Development Model and how it affects you. The link below will provide you with the opportunity to download the manual.

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Link URL:http://www.box.net/shared/k2k2fiig7v

Hockey Canada Announces U18 Team Coaches

Hockey Canada announced that Pat Quinn will be coaching Team Canada at the U18 World Championships in Kazan Russia on April 13-23 . He will be joined by Jesse Wallin who was recently appointed as head coach of the Red Deer Rebels, and is a former defenseman of the Red Deer Rebels. As well as the Equiptment Manager of the Red Deer Rebel, Radar Horning. These men will be joined by Guy Boucher of the Drummonville Voyagers of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Pat Quinn is member of an ownership group that owns the Vancouver Giant, who were memorial cup winners in 2007.

OHL Cup Review

The “big” event of the Minor Midget (1992) year comes to an end. Many teams played their last games together at the Minor Midget level. The next big event is the U17 selection camps. All in all the tournament went well. This year seems to have had a lot of disparity between the teams. The quarter finals were for the most part blow outs. The Marlies v. Middle-Essex semifinal game turned out to be good, 2-1 in double overtime. The Jr. Canadiens rolled over Belle Tire (5-0). The finals was a good game, however the Marlies were tired from the game previous that day. They couldn’t hold off the relentless fore check of the Jr. Canadiens.

The Ontario Hockey League will hold it Priority Selection (draft) over the internet. John McFarland is expect to go No. 1 to Sudbury.

OHF Approved Regulation Changes

The Ontario Hockey Federation approved changes to their regulations. The areas affected were players transfers, development fees, tampering, and AAA waivers. The two most drastic changes were in the development fees structuring. It seems the OHF is attempting to encourage the growth of its Midget AAA and making the transition more smooth. The OHF also increased fines for tampering in an attempt to curb the practice. Fine increase from $500 to $2000 and it will now be payed by the club, who will then presumably collect from the team.

To read more about the changes visit the OHF website: http://www.ohf.on.ca/web_pages/headlines_news.php?ID=170