These LEAGUE owners are primarily Rink owners and need to keep the schedule full, i.e ice paid for. Own the league and you control the schedule. Owning the teams is just the " Icing on the Cake!!"
Most of these guys own other businesses or made their money elsewhere. I am sure they enjoy knowing that the kids are developing and having fun, but at the end of the day it is a business. I am probably the most idealistic guy around but even I haven't a problem with an owner making money.
They are playing chess and you and I are playing checkers!
Made me think of an interesting question: Name the last New England Town Hockey player to play in a D-I game let alone receive a scholarship.
6-7 years ago a public school won the Super 8 and many were exclusively town hockey kids (back when you could make a good varsity team coming out of a town program). I think a handful of those kids ran home waiting for D-I schools to contact them and the phone never rang. So as long as the private teams market the kids to the colleges, provide the competition that is required by the college programs and find scholarship $ for kids. . . people will be willing to pay for their services.
As to why kids play at higher levels with coaches that advance their hockey careers is ignorant? O.K. then.
Yes I re-read his post and he didn't get it. Then he calls it 'the most ignorant thing ever posted...'
So should no one own disney world since its about kids recreation? Someone has to run it properly.