Lawsuit Filed Tier 1 vs HPHLApril 25 2011 at 7:31 AM
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FROM the Fury website
On April 22, 2011, the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League, Inc., filed suit against six of its former Members who surreptitiously and abruptly resigned March 17 from Tier 1 after organizing a competing hockey league. Prior to March 17, these organizations, while allegedly acting in the best interests of the Tier 1 Board of Governors and making decisions concerning the Tier 1 league, were organizing a new league to directly compete with Tier 1.
The basis of the lawsuit is quite simple - a board member owes a legal fiduciary duty to the organization and cannot have any undisclosed conflicts of interest. These six Members never disclosed that they were working for months to undermine Tier 1 and set up a competing league even while serving on Tier 1's Board of Governors. They secretly organized the competing league and then, after completing their improper work, announced their resignations.
Because of their improper conduct, Tier 1 had no choice but to file an action seeking to stop the new league and to stop these six associations from being able to benefit from their wrongdoing. The action filed in court seeks only to enjoin, or stop, the associations and the new league from competing. The Tier 1 league is not seeking monetary damages.
Tier 1 Elite Hockey League is ready for the 2011-2012 season with 19 organizations committed to compete at the midget level and additional organizations are applying to become part of Tier 1. The boys (bantam through squirt) and girls divisions also are ready to compete with multiple committed organizations and additional organizations applying. The League provides the highest level of competition in the United States for teams and players from East to West and from North to South.
The number of organizations and national scope of the Tier 1 League provides the highest competition among the best players through Showcase formats, ensuring national exposure while limiting travel costs and missed school days, and avoiding expensive tournament fees.
The Tier 1 League is excited to continue in its position as the national leader of youth ice hockey development.
Which court?No score for this post
|April 25 2011, 7:32 AM |
Does anyone know which court this was filed in? Anyone have a link to the actual filing?
Kangaroo CourtNo score for this post
|April 25 2011, 8:00 AM |
Take a step back and thinkNo score for this post
|April 25 2011, 9:55 AM |
What is in the best interest of hockey? Players? Families?
"The action filed in court seeks only to enjoin, or stop, the associations and the new league from competing. The Tier 1 league is not seeking monetary damages."
They say it is not about the money, just to stop them from competing.
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games will playNo score for this post
|April 25 2011, 1:42 PM |
It dosnt matter if the league is running or not
the games will be played, the schedule is made, the
ice is in place, its done. Tier 1 can take it to court.
The truth is the 6 teams will be scouted if the talent is
in place. No matter if the league has a name or if 6
solid org just have a schedule. If the top players aree
there the rest will fall in order.
The FuryNo score for this post
|April 25 2011, 3:48 PM |
The problem is the fury now has minimal clubs to play. Increase travel means increased costs to everyone. This is what MK & JA created and this is what you now have a POS. But as long has the Huskie kids have the $$$$ and a place to play that's all JA cares about. The Fury is the biggest farce that has EVER hit Illinois. Cancer at its finest. Go become a CSDHL club and play at the level you belong.
wrong mcgooNo score for this post
|April 25 2011, 4:45 PM |
Six teams we have less to play. Lawsuit could shut this lg dwn.
guess its wait and see now.
DISGUSTINGNo score for this post
|April 25 2011, 6:10 PM |
Only around here would a league supposedly for the kids/players end up in court. WAKE UP!!!
Re: The FuryNo score for this post
|April 25 2011, 6:40 PM |
Fury couldn't compete in CSDHL either. Maybe a team or two here and there, but the top CS teams would roll their Fury counterparts. Perhaps NIHL as an alternative?
Re: The FuryNo score for this post
|April 25 2011, 7:53 PM |
DM says csdhl is a joke, he didnt say that when the sabres tied him the day after the sabre team was picked and didnt even get a chance to play together. and the fury mm been practicing for weeks, yeah DM your a joke
majorsNo score for this post
|April 26 2011, 6:30 AM |
The Fury will have a good team at the Midget major level next year.
Will AHAI make Team ILL CYA and Mission still play the Fury for State.
How will that work?
Major level across the State.
Mission will be 90% 1995 players. ( many in to deep vs Michigan )
CYA needs players, there coach will
fill team with 1993 JR cut's. ( good group )
Team ILL, losing there best 95's to NTDP and USHL,
top 94's to Cedar Rapids. Rebuilding year. ( need out of State help ).
Fury, will have a old team, 1993's and 1994's will
fill the roster. ( should be good in ILL )
Mission #1 2nd year together will produce even a better group.
Team IL needs to find some good 1995 players or the trips to Michigan
will be long.
CYA young group with demanding coach, get the ear plugs ready.
Fury need 3 new forwards that can score for starters.
USA HockeyNo score for this post
|April 26 2011, 10:31 AM |
It is my understanding that the HPHL league is not a USA Hockey League. Thus there is no AHAI as far as these teams are concerned. That being said, how can they compete in the State Tournament?
Can of worms?No score for this post
|April 26 2011, 10:55 AM |
Are these teams still considered non-profits? Is that status also under scrutiny?
C'monNo score for this post
|April 26 2011, 11:38 AM |
IMO, the lawsuit is nothing more than a bully tacic - albeit in response to a stab in the back move by the six orgs who left. But, if the six orgs who left fight it, then the lawsuit will not amount to anything.
Injunctions are rare remedy and rarely granted. Plus, Tier 1 states how wonderful their league is and all the new people who want to join...so how exactly were you harmed? Here is the give and take with the judge:
Judge: So, you lost 6 organizations, but you got 6+ new organizations to take their place and you lost no money on fees, ice contracts? Plus, you say you are still the #1 hockey league and more people want to join.
Tier 1: Yes, but the "quality" of our hockey league will be hurt.
Judge: So, you want me to prevent these 6 organizations from playing (with 15-20 kids per team) even though you lost no money on ice contracts, fees, scheduling etc because your "quality of hockey" will be hurt?
Tier 1: Exactly, your honor. Plus, these guys did this behind our back your honor. They should have quit first, then formed their league.
Atty for Chicago Club: Your honor, they didn't invite us to join the new league!!! That is the g.d. real problem!!!
Tier 1: <whisper> STFU <whisper>
Judge: Did you have a written contract in place that organizations couldn't resign and form a league?
Tier 1: Well no, otherwise we would be filing a breach of contract claim. Why do you think we came up with this creative "breach of fiduciary duty" claim against the directors.
Judge: Isn't that against the directors - the individuals - personally and not the new league?
Tier 1: Well, technically, but didn't we mention that we are really, really mad at these guys?
Judge: Yes, you did. So, you are saying they could have quit first and then formed a league?
Tier 1: Yes, technically that is right. But, these fools didn't consult with a lawyer. Nevertheless, we would have made up a different claim even if they did because, again, we are really, really mad at them.
Chic. Atty: Judge can you make them let us in the new league.
Tier 1: <whisper> stfu <whisper>
Judge: Isn't hockey just a game kids play?
<Roaring laughter from Tier 1 Organization directors in courtroom>
Tier 1: Technically, but Judge this is a really big business. We've figured out a way to make a ton of money off these kids. Plus, we are very important people now. This would really hurt our egos.
Judge: But, if it is a business, you claim no damages?
Tier 1: Well, ya know, we kinda run these as not-for-profits <wink, wink>. But, yes technically, we don't really have any because <lawyer shifts and talks out of other side of mouth> because we are the best league in the US and have so many organizations and teams they are banging down our door trying to join us. Regardless, there are a lot of egos involved, and did I mention that our egos are really, really upset that these guys would do this to us <shakes head in disbelief>.
Judge: Why didn't you file a complaint with USA Hockey or your local affiliates? As I read your affiliate agreements, you should have tried to resolve it there first?
Tier 1: Technically, but we have money and lawyers so we filed a threatening lawsuit to try and intimidate them.
Judge: Oh, I see. Anything else?
Tier 1: We are filing this lawsuit for the kids your honor <coughing from courtroom is heard sounding alot like bs, bs, bs>.
Re: C'monNo score for this post
|April 26 2011, 12:07 PM |
Wow way to much time on your hands and really not very funny
excellentNo score for this post
|April 26 2011, 12:47 PM |
I think this could be made into a mini series
The real truth of tier 1 hockey
Re: excellentNo score for this post
|April 26 2011, 1:21 PM |
T1E should be ashamed. Bully tactics over youth sports. What a bunch of jackasses
Re: excellentNo score for this post
|April 26 2011, 2:09 PM |
Get off CH and get ready for court on Thursday. You better start a collection for a judgment and pending litigation. Hockey is the least of your worries!!!!!!!!!!!
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CSNo score for this post
|April 26 2011, 10:56 PM |
I think very funny. You sound like a Fury parent who is S.O.L. Enjoy traveling. You guys are the new Cleveland.
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Why???No score for this post
|April 27 2011, 4:57 AM |
So let me ask this: before the ADM came out with this concept of "High Performance Clubs" was the Tier 1 League broke? What does this really accomplish? We can debate the # of Tier 1 clubs in Chicago forever: most would agree four is too many. However, the league was strong. This seems to me to all be unnecessary and I really don't understand what it will accomplish that could not have been accomplished within the Tier 1 league. There's also a pretty valid arguement that St. Louis Am Blues should have been invited to this dance before two of the Chicago clubs.