Duluth Clydesdales Out Of SIJHL – Clydesdales Look To Continue Playing
The Superior International Junior Hockey League have informed the Duluth Clydesdales that they are no longer members of the league. Though nothing has been presented to Butch Williams, Clydesdales General Manager, Williams confimed to TJHN that he had been informed of the SIJHL decision today.
The SIJHL may have issues in forcing the Clydesdales out of the league.
SIJHL rules require that teams be able to put 13 skaters and 2 goaltenders on the ice in order to play league games. According to sources within the Clydesdales organization, the team meets thos minimum requirements at this time.
Under USA Hockey Rules, the Clydesdales are an Independent Junior Team that simply plays in the Canadian based SIJHL. Accordingly, the Clydesdales, as long as they are in good standing with USA Hockey should be able to continue on this season as an Independent team. If enough games can be scheduled to meet the minimum game requirements for sanctioning USA Hockey could allow the team to continue this season while searching for a new league for 2013-2014.
TJHN will update this story as more information becomes available.