The goals of junior hockey are to
promote, develop, and administer the domestic USA Hockey program for
junior-aged players, teams and leagues.
is the stated purpose of junior hockey in the United States. Let's ask the
game's fourth-liners, healthy scratches, and third goalies how much promotion
and development they are experiencing.
purest often are heard whining that the the junior level has over expanded, that the leagues are killing the game. I don't agree.
the number 23 as the current size of each roster. After multiplying that number
times the current 22 teams we end up with 506 players. If roster sizes were
reduced to 19, there would be enough players to roster another four NAHL teams.
The USHL could easily add another teams as well.
There are a
number of economic advantages to this concept as well. The bus costs are the
same, but equipment, hotel and meal expenses are easily reduced by 20% of more.
deadline dates would have to be adjusted and the restriction of movement
between the top two tiers would have to be eliminated. The developmental
advantages far exceed the logistical headaches of moving players from team to
concerns are understandable. Undergraduates should not be moved unless it is
within a structure that does not require a school transfer. Players taking
college classes should restrict their class-schedule to online courses only.
roster size concept should also be applied to the Tier III level as well. I
have to believe that parents are going to be more than willing to shell out
more money if it means little Johnny is really going to play.
always find its own path and junior hockey should do the same thing. We need to
stop blowing smoke up these player's backside and let them play.
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