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Surprised in all the vitriolic debate no one has brought up the UHU, the rival sanctioning org to USA Hockey run by the AAU. They sanction a Tier II level Junior league, the Western States Hockey League, as well as several Tier III level Junior leagues in the US and Canada. They are trying to get a tuition free Tier I level league going.
Like the NCDC, the WSHL isn't able to depend on gate and sponsors. They address the funding issue by still charging tuition.
Unlike the NCDC, the WSHL wasn't rejected by USA Hockey. They left. On their own.