When the BC Major Midget program was initially set up you could see there would be a conflict of interest as far as team selection was concerned.
The WHL was a sponsor of the league and you knew that with out admitting it BC Hockey would pass roster control over to the WHL.
The league would become a farm team system for the dub.
WHL Bantam draft picks would get spots on the roster based not only on skill but if all things were equal--they would get the nod-because the WHL
was buying influence and naturally would favour their future players.
Well here we are many years later and BC Hockey has totally sold out.
Why don't they just come out at this point and say that BC MAJOR Midget is owned ,controlled and coached by the WHL.
Money talks we all know that but the part that stinks in all of this is that when Hockey BC and others started telling Jr A and Jr b franchises
that they cant play as many 16 year olds as they want they are eliminating a free choice that young players should have.
I suggest that when the WHL orchestrated (condoned)(paid for) Major Midget's set up they were trying to reduce the number of young players that went to JR B and Jr A ( as fifteen and sixteen year olds respectively) and have ultimately hurt one of their best sources of talent( JR B).
Let them pay for what-ever they want but don't put ANY restrictions on other leagues.Let them compete for players on an even basis.
This agreement in Victoria means that a talented kid that is undecided as to going the Major Junior route or NCAA route does what? turns down a chance to be influenced by the Royals in order to play JR B ----oh wait he cant play JR B-they already have their limited allotment of sixteen year olds.
If they want to go this way then any kid that plays on that Victoria Royals Midget team should be ineligable as far as the NCAA is concerned.
They are being coached by a WHL paid coach, using a WHL fascility, using WHL supplies no doubt, and for all intents and purposes are a WHL team.