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Midwest Junior Hockey League May 24, 2012 5:06 PM

Midwest Junior Hockey League
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Sylvania, Ohio 43560
(419) 517-4404

New AAU Sanctioned League to Play its Inaugural 2012-13 Season as the Midwest Junior Hockey League (MWJHL) and Provide Tier II Junior A Hockey Players with another option

For Immediate Release: 5/24/12

Sylvania, OH: The Midwest Junior Hockey League (MWJHL) and its President, Patrick L. Pylypuik, are proud to announce its affiliation with the American Athletic Union (AAU). Operating under the sanctioning of the AAU, its member organizations will span across the Midwest including Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois. The MWJHL is expected to start its inaugural season with 14 teams on or about September 15th, 2012 with the likelihood of doubling its size to 28 teams in time for the 2013-14 season.

The league intends to operate outside of a traditional Junior A hockey model. Our player prospects, certain individuals among the NHL, AHL, ECHL, CHL, NCAA are committed to thinking outside of the box creating another option for the aspiring hockey player wanting to play Tier II Junior Hockey in the United States. Today so much pressure is placed on young players with a notion that players must be able to compete as a 15, 16 and 17 year-old. Most players are often overlooked because they might not be a "prospect" in someone’s eyes at these ages.

This pressure is as a direct result of the NHL, USHL, NAHL leagues respectively placing so much emphasis on these drafts by labeling players as a 1st, 2nd 3rd Round pick etc. Unfortunately, the way the system works is that the majority of undrafted players are typically off the radar screen often resulting in missed opportunities, as these players get older.

On the operational side, of Junior Hockey other than Tier 1 in the United States many teams lack the sports management and marketing acumen needed to ensure sustainability in a junior market. The MWJHL is going to support its member teams in the form ticket, sponsorship, merchandising and digital marketing. "An advantage of starting a new league is that we can easily implement processes and technologies that will provide our members with the resources and infrastructure to success off the ice as well."

About the AAU:

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) with it’s 633,000+ athletes is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer sports organizations in the United States. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs.

 Membership comes with the benefit of secondary sports accident insurance with a $200 deductible.
 Practice and Event Liability and Sports Accident Insurance
 Coverage Limit: $10,000,000 & $50,000 respectively


Keith Noll
AAU National Hockey Chair

Ron White
AAU National Junior Hockey Director

About the Midwest Junior Hockey League:
Patrick L Pylypuik
President – Interim
(419) 517-4403

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