The Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Midwest Jr. Hockey League are both holding their annual general meetings this weekend.
Governors from the NOJHL will welcome new franchises from Elliot Lake and Powassan to make it a nine-team league.
MWJHL executives will be joined by officials from the upstart Canadian International Hockey League at their AGM.
Members of the NOJHL’s old boys club will congregate in Sault Ste. Marie.
MWJHL leaders will peruse the agenda and entertain input from the new CIHL at their AGM in Detroit.
Among multiple items up for discussion at the NOJHL AGM, governors will discuss whether or not to return to the East-West division format of a few years ago that included an unbalanced schedule.
In Detroit, the MWJHL and the CIHL will discuss a 2014-2015 regular-season schedule that will feature interlocking games based on geography of teams from both leagues.
The MWJHL — which was formed in 2012 — and the new CIHL are both members of the sanctioned United Hockey Union, which is part of the Amateur Athletic Union.
The MWJHL is a nine-team league with eight of the clubs based in Michigan.
Michigan-based teams in the MWJHL are Soo Firehawks, Traverse City Hounds, Alpena Street Cats, West Michigan Freeze, Michigan Ice Dogs, MC Monarchs, Berkley Bruins and Detroit Fighting Irish. The Illinois-based Decatur Blaze is the other MWJHL entry.
The Ontario-based CIHL has approved six teams to begin play in 2014-2015 — Espanola Rivermen, St. Charles Spirit, Central Ontario HTI Stars, Colborne Cramahe Hawks, Milton Battle Arts Cobras and Collingwood Ice — and one more will be added by the end of this weekend.