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Re: Junior Leagues Requiring COVID Tests

Anon
So it’s business as usual for Jr hockey? Just no checking?
Well, it's more than just no checking, the whole face mask for centers thing and the social distancing on the bench needs to be worked out, but yes.

I've said all along that Tier III junior could benefit, in the end. They don't depend on fans or advertising, they have flexibility to hold their games wherever and at whatever time they want, and the quality of play could actually improve as players filter down from Tier II and NCDC.

Re: Junior Leagues Requiring COVID Tests

If tier 2 has a problem then yes there could be some "filter down" to tier 3, but if Tier 2 is a go as planned then equally there could be some movement upwards from midget/tier3 to fill open spots due to Covid etc.


Re: Junior Leagues Requiring COVID Tests

anon
If tier 2 has a problem then yes there could be some "filter down" to tier 3, but if Tier 2 is a go as planned then equally there could be some movement upwards from midget/tier3 to fill open spots due to Covid etc.


NAHL is not going as planned. Two teams have folded. That's - at this stage - 60 players, minimum, that will look to catch on somewhere else, bumping someone else, or bump down.

Then you have the closed border. Who knows how many people that is from Junior A that need to find a spot in the U.S.

It won't be a flood of players but you will have some leakage from Prep and HS to Tier III junior. My kid would be.

And, the NCAA announced last week that players can play amateur hockey without impacting their eligibility for the 2020/21 season. I don't know how many players that will be.


I don't buy that kids at the Tier II level are staying home because of COVID risk. Sorry.