As it stands, the new Canadian International Hockey League will begin the 2014-2015 season with eight teams — four in northern Ontario and four in southern Ontario.
CIHL founder and president Tim Clayden said that the Central Ontario HTI Stars will be replaced by a Toronto entry and that the new league will proceed with eight teams as planned.
Carefully choosing his words on the advice of legal counsel, Clayden said the departure of the Central Ontario franchise from the CIHL is “a personal and sensitive issue.
“At this time, we feel it is best for us to cut ties with owner Jenya Feldman and the Central Ontario HTI Stars,” said Clayden. “It is unfortunate for Jenya as we certainly understand his passion for junior hockey. But to be quite honest, Jenya and his team have no other option now but to join the unsanctioned Greater Metro Hockey League.”
Clayden said the CIHL still has a regular-season schedule in place for eight teams — Batchewana Attack, Espanola Rivermen St. Charles Spirit and Sudbury Royals in the north and Colborne Hawks, Collingwood Ice, Milton Battle Arts Cobras and the yet-to-be-named Toronto team in the south.
The CIHL will begin regular-season play during the first week of October.