The Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League is proving critics and skeptics wrong. The startup league that many in Canada were hopping would fail is doing everything but failing.
Eight teams, all featuring some good young talent, and all having a payer or two capable of moving on to the college ranks after this season. Eight teams pushing forward into the new year with a common goal, continue to improve and the rest will take care of itself.
Its no small undertaking to get a new league with eight new teams off the ground in a matter of months, but the CPJHL has done just that.
Now, one week from today all eight teams will arrive in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan to play a minimum of four games each at the historic Pullar Arena.
Scouts have been invited, parents will be arriving, and the players will be rewarded with opportunity prior to heading home on the traditional holiday break. Just like any other established league.
Following the Sault Showcase, a CPJHL All Star team will head to Las Vegas Nevada to participate in the Western States Hockey League Annual Showcase.
Ron White, Commissioner of the WSHL and Director of the United Hockey Union had this to say about the CPJHL;
“We are very excited they are sending a team. For a first year league they are having a lot of success that not many, including themselves, would have expected. Their All Star team is going to get some great exposure with close to one hundred scouts scheduled to attend. They have really done a nice job establishing themselves in their first year.”
TJHN will be providing updates from the Sault and Las Vegas Showcase events.