So, Espanola Rivermen owner Tim Clayden plans to leave the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League after this season for the proposed Canadian International Hockey League of which he would be a founding member.
It’s Clayden’s dime and his dollar.
And if he wants to depart the NOJHL to be a part of the proposed CIHL (under the umbrella of the sanctioned, American-based, Amateur Athletic Union) is that not his right?
Is this not a free world?
I ask this because there are blog posters — anonymous ones, of course — who are attacking and ridiculing Clayden for daring to be different and having the balls to do what he thinks is in the best interest of his franchise.
Perhaps there are those within, or connected to, the NOJHL who either don’t like Clayden or are jealous of him and what he is capable of?
Clayden is a veteran junior hockey operator who NOJHL commissioner Robert Mazzuca himself has called “one of the best in Canada.”
So, if Clayden — a self-made man who has been known to put his money where his mouth is — wants to leave one league for another and has informed his associates, confidantes and colleagues of that decision, methinks his choice should not only be respected but accepted, grudgingly or not.
Like him or not, Clayden is who he is.
He answers to the town that his team represents and he answers to those who support him.
As for those who don’t like him or support him, that is your call.
But let him make his own call.