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March 23 2010 at 6:16 PM
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The arrogance of AHAI...

G.L.J.H.L. IN THE FIGHT TO STOP AHAI FOR GROSS VIOLATIONS OF ETHICS

The Great Lakes Junior Hockey League on March 10 learned that USA Hockey affiliate State Of Illinois, AHAI was instituting a new rule Article XXII, a policy to not only restrict player development of ALL players 18 & under but to force all youth players into playing Midgets & High school hockey programs that are not developing players for the next level. Ahai is trying to restrict player development and restrain basic rights afforded all players by USA Hockey, the USOC & IIHF, the Freedom of Choice, Freedom of Player Movement and the ability to get Development that is badly needed for U.S. Players to compete around the globe. It is in OUR opinion that Article XXII is extremely harmful to all the players of Illinois in having even the remote possibility of being able to move to that next level because Illinois players will not be prepared to play without having Junior experience, which is what most colleges and the USHL & NAHL want before advancing players.

This Article XXII is designed to re-face a declining Midget program which is not unique to Illinois but occurring across the United States as well as to try to bring back a competitive high school program in Illinois. " To play AAA hockey in Illinois is a 15-20K expense per year and the political rhetoric that you have to jump through is exhausting in its own right, I can pay 4500-6K for everything including travel, lodging, equipment and in most case meals in Juniors Tier III, get that needed development, college scouting showcases and having a far better chance to get my son financial help and play in college", said D'angelo. Players will seek to get this development no matter where they have to go to get it. Tier III Juniors is designed to give that development close to home without having to relocate your player to another state or country such as Canada. Article XXII will force more players to Canada or other states to play, increasing the expense even higher.

For this reason, we are expanding our influence in such cities as Kankakee, Bloomington, Rockford and Decatur. The AHAI Board of Directors is self-serving and has no regard for the general player of Illinois and wants to control what they can't and is motivated by a PERSONAL AGENDA to settle old issues with individuals that are providing the needed development that even their own should have had. But now it's coming from individuals who care about the product, care about the player instead of the state providing or demanding it from their affiliate associations and independent travel programs. With this Article XXII, AHAI is saying,"that if your player cannot make the USHL or NAHL out of high school or youth hockey which is a very slim possibility, then let him play in the beer leagues, senior leagues or leave the game".

Is this what you want for your 15, 16, 17, 18 year old? USA Hockey has sanctioned and authorized that the Junior player age limitations as 15 thru 20 years old but most leagues only allow 4 to 5 20 year olds on their rosters.

The rule also states that if you are associated with a Junior team Tier III program in ANY capacity, you can't be associated with a youth team in Illinois. AHAI could care less about the youth teams, associations or Development of the player who have Junior coaches or assistant coaches who also coach their childs youth team, they just hurt the associations, teams and players by getting rid of coaches that really can coach and develop the player and just replaced them with volunteer parent coaches who don't develop or know how to develop players. Another example would be if you are on the staff of a Team Illinois team, you would be removed from the team because of your affiliation with a Junior Tier III team. This is rediculous at best.

Is this what AHAI is about? Is this where you want your talented player to be? Is this what you pay a fee to AHAI thru your USA Hockey registration fee for? I would hope not!

The parents and players of Illinois need to be heard on this issue, Ahai has already DICTATED to the Association Presidents that this will be the rule effective June 1 which they know is in violation and has no tangible right to be implemented.

The G.L.J.H.L. will continue to fight for the rights of all players, to deliver the development they need to move to the next level and expose those that have personal agendas.

As a member of USA Hockey, you have rights and do not allow AHAI to tell you different, they do not control USA Hockey, they do not dictate USA Hockey policy, they do not control the insurance, you have the right to call USA Hockey 719-576-8724 and express your dissatisfaction with this Article XXII and asked them to get involved immediately to stop this very bad direction Illinois is headed in.

Let them hear you.

 
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Anonymous
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go back 30 years

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March 24 2010, 8:11 PM 

Hockey in Illinois is in the same position it was in 30 years ago! Any of you old timers remember willow springs ice chalet? Randhurst Twin Ice? The fees are getting higher and higher and the economy is in the tank again...more democrats in power....poorer middle class...carter years all over again! In wilmette and winnetka hockey can survive due to a larger upper class, but the south and the west will take the hit and kids will go back to concentrating on football and baseball again. Rink owners will be forced to close their doors and the idea of outdoor ponds has all but diminished.....Ahai, ask yourself, why not cut registration fees and work with rink owners before ice surfaces again turn into racquetball courts again!!!!!!!

 
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March 26 2010, 5:21 PM 

The last responder is a dickhead. Keep your political comments off the board. 8 years of Bush policies have brought down the economy. Both parties are crap!

 
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Anonymous
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I think the poster may be correct

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March 28 2010, 8:42 PM 

And let me start this by saying that using words like dickhead behind a keyboard hidden from sight are not very manly!....The majority of your upper class players and those who do enter the show come from middle class American and Mostly middle class Canadian family's. If hockey becomes too expensive, as the state Of Minnesota feared a few years ago, your best athletes will be grounded and choose other sports. Did'nt Minnesota have to leave USA hockey to curtail their rising costs? someone in the know please help

 
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hockey mom
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March 29 2010, 9:25 PM 

....yes, they did leave USA hockey and have significantly reduced the costs of each player by lowering registration fees and improving the insurance structure for rink owners, dramatically lowering their costs and exposure limitations.

It does not help in Illinois that you have the HIGHEST rated county, crook county, for overzealous tort attorney's (i.e. ambulance chasers) in the COUNTRY! Yes, proudly wear that award you Chicagoites.

Second Highest Rated is Madison County in mid-south Illinois. Due to these egregious awards, the costs to rink owners for insurance, and the pooled costs of ahai's paid memebrship and the huge USA hockey staff makes our fees in Illinois the HIGHEST in the USA. Add in $100,000 per year "directors" instead of Minnesota's Hockey Dad's and watch your wallet.

I think the above posters are both correct. Bush, Hastert and company SUCKED and spnt money, and Pelosi, Reid and Obama SUCK and continue to waste money.

 
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Anonymous
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More than correct

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March 31 2010, 2:54 PM 

How many of those north shore AHAI assholes are Attorneys?....Hockey has always been a blue collar sport! Hey ahai...how about APAI (amature polo association inc.)

 
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Re: More than correct

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March 31 2010, 4:23 PM 

Well white collar= management, blue collar= worker. And since ahai "manages" Illinois hockey, it would make since that the people on the ahai board are "white collars"

 
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Re: More than correct

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March 31 2010, 6:12 PM 

So the 64 million dollar question is-How do we all band together and leave USA Hockey and AHAI in the dust?

I've asked this question alot and nobody answers. Both my boys are in college and I don't have anyone playing any longer. I would put in time helping to change this current set up.


 
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March 31 2010, 10:03 PM 

if you didn't like eight years of bush, you're going to have to swallow at least one year of obaywan and that quite a load he spewing.

 
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