The EJHL is certainly undergoing a lot of changes these days.
With teams exiting to for the USPHL, and five EJHL teams becoming affiliates of the NAHL, it now looks like the EJHL South is distancing themselves a little from the EJHL.
While details have not been made clear, TJHN has learned that EJHL South members may be going back to their own operating system under the name of the Eastern Elite Hockey League.
The EJHL South operated under the name of the SEHL prior to becoming affiliate members of the EJHL. The original agreement with the EJHL called for three years but the EJHL South members could terminate the agreement after the second year. EJHL South teams have been paying some fairly high expenses to the EJHL for this affiliation and members have said that it has made it hard to maintain a positive cash flow because of these fee’s.
Sources are saying that the break is not going to be a complete break. Current EJHL South members are still going to participate in EJHL Showcase events. Sources are indicating that members want to maintain a relationship with the EJHL, but feel they can reduce expenses while operating under their own management structure.
While the EJHL South has certainly gained a recruiting advantage by the EJHL affiliation, the question now becomes; Can they maintain that advantage?
With the Atlanta Knights heading to the USA Hockey Tier III national tournament this weekend to defend their 2012 National Championship, the teams involved have shown they can develop young players. The alphabet soup of junior leagues can confuse parents and players alike, another strong showing by Atlanta should eliminate any concerns players and parents may have about a potential name change for the league.