With USPHL becoming a Tier 2 Jr League ( FREE), it will quickly bring up the skill level of all the lower level teams ( Youth through Elite). In the next few years every Youth and Jr program will want to become a member of this league. This league will be seen as the path/gateway to Eastern College hockey.
The FED will still do fine and perhaps will have a back room arrangement with USPHL as there are many of the same cast of characters involved.
Don't know this for a fact but have a very strong sense.
How come the Caps are not part of the new group if things are all good with the ehf? There is no RI team in the new usphl division, seems like it would have been a natural fit.
That last post just showed your ignorance. They were in it. Couldn't support their teams. And awful and could not draw any talent. They folded the older age groups.
The concept that this will increase the talent level of the youth level is comical. It's all watered down and that's not going to change. The best hockey guys in the area (Lovell's) can't even draw talent anymore.
Also, the league is not approved yet. They have simply filed for the change of status with USA hockey. The ruling will not come down until January. This may not be approved. The economics don't make sense on the East Coast. Not enough ticket sales. If it does pass they will be one year and done
You are talking like there isn't a whole other league out there that will fight for their piece of the youth hockey pie. If the high end talent that sets the EHF Elite division apart now moves over to a smaller group of USPHL youth teams, it will decimate the "EHF Elite" division and create opportunity for that next tier of teams at the top end of the E9. Don't think that the E9 won't counterpunch. Sure they won't be the top league around, but their product might be appealing to an even larger number of customers than it is now.
If only 4 teams leave but are also replaced by adding another level within their organization, there isn't much of a void to fill. EHF will be a little more watered down and E9 will probably be on closer to equal footing.
Are these big changes for the youth divisions for next season? Lots of assumptions being made above. I wonder how much of it is true?
Trust me when I say no one is going anywhere. The youth level is a joke at the USPHL which is why the Bandits are moving there. They have no other option. Buckley runs the Fed so the Caps not letting anyone leave. This is all supplemental hockey. All the teams in that league now also play in other leagues or independent schedules. The crazies on this board are all the ones that think the parents are going to drop 25K a year for you sake.
I agree that the current USPHL youth teams aren't strong. Not sure about them being in other leagues as well. I guess they'll need a couple bigger orgs to join and hope that the rising tide lifts all boats. No idea what you're talking about with the 25k a year.
Seems like a lot of posts with reasonable info that contradict your "trust me no one is going anywhere" response.
Yes, because this is a trusted source of info
you are all missing some information and its clouding your vision. The USPHL is going to run exactly like the EJEPL. Teams will join, for a nice fee, and they will have a supplemental schedule along the like of 12-16 games. The "top" EHF elite teams will play in the USPHL and the Fed. There will not be 3 teams at every level as this is not a 30 plus game league. Most organizations have trouble filling 2 teams never mind a 3rd Super team that doesnt exist. If you want to know more go to the EJEPL website and see how it works.
Except there are 11 teams in the new tuition free junior league. Even if the youth teams only play each other twice, that is 20 games. A full EHF schedule is another 33 games. Thats 53 games before playoffs for either league or any tournaments that some of these high profile teams will want to do.
Playing two full league schedules seems like a stretch to me.
My kid plays on an Islanders elite team. I spoke with RG directly about this. Supplemental only and he's not even sure if the juniors level will actually be voted in to tier 2. As of now no EHF teams have committed at the youth level. So until it's announced settle down big boys.
USPHL application for Tier II was denied by USA Hockey. So business as usual next season or do they not take no for an answer...
So Kings, Islanders, Flames, etc won't be leaving EHF for the USPHL youth division we assume?
After reading up on it, it looks like it's going to happen one way or another. Either USA Hockey will reverse its decision on appeal, or the USPHL will just leave USA Hockey entirely. Makes you wonder what USA Hockey is thinking. Why would they deny more free-to-play opportunities at the junior level? There's too many crap pay-to-play leagues now, why not deny them?
These owners are wealthy because they are smart businessmen! Obviously a gate would be negligible and maybe a few extra bucks from marketing/ advertising. Charge every other player an extra $300 +/- a year playing Tier 1 youth with the goal of playing Tier 2 Jr's down the road. It is a no brainer! Parents are already spending $5k a year ( min per player) on teams, travel, skills, etc. What is another few hundred a year with that kind of dangling carrot.
Seems fishy to me.
they got denied because they would not meet all the requirements. Like you need to take a bus at the tier 2 level. USPHL teams objected to this because of how close rinks are and it is $1000 per game for the bus. How much billet the charge can be was an issue. also some others.
Because it's not a sustainable business model. The league would fold. Cannot fund through youth programs because people are not willing to pay more so older kids can play for free. Too many other options out there now. The end of the day it was a flawed model from the get-go and USA hockey will not let this happen.
But elite hockey is watered down with tuition players. Need this league to work so i can tell everyone that my kid is premier which is better than elite which is better than select which is better than town.