So, when shit doesn’t go your way, and you want to build a better mouse trap, you take your existing mouse trap and make some improvements. It happens all the time with just about everything.
Want a better processor on your computer, take the one you have and improve it. Want better gas mileage, take the car and improve it. Pretty simple stuff. Well simple enough as long as it doesn’t apply to hockey operations in many circumstances.
Yep, lets run with the freakin dinosaurs and do what we have always done. Volunteers, teams owned by committee, teams operated by towns, and all the other happy stuff that worked decades ago isn’t working any more. Time for an upgrade.
So, for quite a while we have been getting reports, and emailed questions about what’s going on with the GOJHL. Half the league is missing from the schedule, the whole Golden Horseshoe conference as a matter of fact. And now we know.
Turns out some owners want to do what’s best for their franchises and the game now instead of what other people think might work.
Everything depends on how the Ontario Hockey Federation rules on an appeal filed about two weeks ago by the so-called “Group of 15.”
That group wants to move to the “best practices” model embraced by most leagues across Canada and the United States which replaces volunteerism for paid employees and an actual plan to market and develop the league and its players.
Does this explain why there is now an GOJHL Inc? A separate operating corporation recently formed? Or was that because of the rumored refusal of the GOJHL to remove some members for lack of competitiveness?
Either way its a mess. A mess in a series of messes over the last few years including the attempted rebranding to Junior A which was denied.
Clearly something is wrong with how the leadership is operating the league if these issues keep popping up. But, that sure hasn’t changed anything about how the OHF has been doing business for decades.
Stay tuned everyone, this could get interesting over the next few weeks.
David Wagner – The Angel Of Death – For Those Who Live Stupidly I Salute You!
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