USPHL – “AAU isn’t an option”
Toby Harris may be many things. Some people like him, some dismiss him as arrogant, and some simply hate the guy. What Harris is to one person he may be the complete opposite to another.
One thing is for sure, the guy knows how to build a hockey team. What he doesnt know is how to build a league. The USPHL is not going to happen for 2013-2014. Forget the idea for now. Thay are not going to go AAU either, so we can put that rumor to rest.
Recently Harris was quoted by the local press when talking about the recent USA Hockey sanctioning denial as saying:
“They said ‘you can’t start this league because you didn’t get the paperwork in. We said we understand that, but we still want to register our players under the USA Hockey umbrella because AAU isn’t an option. We’ve never talked about it and we have never brought it up. We aren’t doing AAU.”
Other sources are quoting Boston Junior Bruins Head Coach Peter Masters as saying, “If anyone suggests we are considering AAU, they clearly do not understand my relationship with USA Hockey.”
The USPHL is looking into playing games this season though. They have been informed by USA Hockey that they can opperate as a “senior league” in 2013-2014. This would mean no players under the age of 18 on the ice, or they can play independently. The “senior league” option is not likely to happen.
A series of extra games outside of the Eastern Junior Hockey League schedule featuring the Boston Junior Bruins, Middlesex Islanders, the New Jersey Hitmen, Portland Junior Pirates, Suffolk PA Land the South Shore Kings is more likely.
Information obtained by TJHN has shown that the USPHL will present an improved application to USA Hockey prior to April 1st, 2013 seeking sanctioning for the 2014-2015 season. The application presented previously, was deemed out of order due to its late submission, and according to multiple sources was embarassingly incomplete.
TJHN will update this story as more information becomes available.