Happy Monday Moms and Dads. We are half way through January and 2017 is looking like a great year for The Death Pool. More expansion only means more contraction! Its inevitable when you don’t have increasing numbers of players available for Junior Hockey that when you expand, you end up getting contraction too!
Ummmmmmm yeah, so, I am pretty sure the internet works up in Western Canada right? I mean, the last I checked it was still called the World Wide Web isn’t it?
I am pretty sure people in the KIJHL read our little world leading junior hockey publication along with the other nearly three and a half million of you. So what they hell are these guys thinking by trying to add not one but two more teams for 2017-2018?
In case anyone needs a refresher, nearly three dozen teams at the junior and AAA level folded this year because of over expansion. Three dozen!
Ohhhhhhh snap, don’t let me forget, we got more free to play expansion taking place in the United States this year. Not to mention the annual pay to play expansion race in the United States and Canada.
Its not like we are talking about adding teams in major, or medium sized markets that don’t have teams either. We are talking about adding teams in what some people call bush country. Adding teams where there aren’t enough local players to fill a roster, and places that aren’t exactly destination centers for players from out of the area.
Ohhhhhh shit, before I forget, we are talking about Junior B hockey too, not Junior A. Like junior B in Canada hasn’t struggled enough outside of Ontario in recent seasons for recruiting.
Now the KIJHL did a pretty damn good job the last two seasons improving their product. Why the hell do they now want to take two steps back and add two teams? It just doesn’t make sense.
I mean I get why some small towns would want to sell more ice, and add some entertainment to their Saturday night winter schedules. But I don’t get why any owner would think they could actually break even operating teams in the middle of no where. Forget making money, can you break even in the bush?
There are reasons why some communities don’t already have junior hockey. Its because the smart people have looked things over and decided it probably cant work there. Unless your talking about a town that sprung up around a new oil discovery or something like that, you don’t have good odds of success.
But hey, this will help keep me busy this summer I am sure. Anyone got a compass? I am not too good in the woods, and my long robes tend to get hung up on tree roots some times. Maybe I need to get some kind of stealthy death super hero suit to modernize things? Wardrobe……..
David Wagner – The Angel Of Death – For Those Who Live Stupidly I salute You
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