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.

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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.

GTHL going to bleed a little red!

The Greater Toronto Hockey League is going to be facing some tough economics this season. The GTHL recently promissed a freeze on all administrative costs borne to the clubs, and indirtectly the players however the cost of playing hockey is going up again. The GTHL is going to be having to dip into its contingency fund to cover the additional costs. You may be asking what these additional cost are, well ICE. The City of Toronto and Missisauga both have raise their ice costs by 8% and 3% respectivly. As such the GTHL is going to dig into the development fund to keeps costs low this year. The GTHL continues to search for partners who would willing to offer incentives, and money to offset some of the costs being borne by the parents.

Stu Hyman no longer involved with the GTHL

Stu Hyman owner of the Toronto Red Wings, and other organizations as been ordered by Hockey Canada and the Greater Toronto Hockey League to cease all involvement in the Greater Toronto Hockey League. This decision comes after an investigation in which Hyman apparently refused to open his books to GTHL investigators. There are numerous allegations none of which have been confirmed the issues is mainly that Hyman apparently funneled money from other organizations to the Toronto Red Wings.

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.

84 Players are fighting for a chance to play for Team Ontario

The Hockey Development Center of Ontario, a agency of the Ontario government announced the 84 players who will be participating in the final selection camp.The camp will take place in Thunder Bay.

See who the players are(.pdf)

Real Disapointments!

Surprises and Disappointments, I would talk about this, this early in the players careers. The real surprises and disappointments are the players who will end up making it to the NHL, or getting the scholarships. In hockey and in life, it is the people who constantly work hard to achieve their goals that become successful. I point to you to Wayne Simmons, played AA almost his entire hockey career, however with hard work, dedication, and perseverance he got drafted 2nd round (61st overall). The top prospect for that year, John Hughes didn’t even get drafted. The road to success is long and winding with many hurdles, wrong turns, and bumps, however for those who dare to carry on, they will achieve success. As Sam Roberts says, But there’s no road that ain’t a hard road to travel on.