Tim Clayden, who owned and managed multiple championship and high-performance teams in both the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Ontario Jr. Hockey League before founding the now-dormant Canadian International Hockey League, has a new gig.
Clayden has started the Canadian International Hockey Network with a purpose and intention of assisting players move to the next level of the game — while combining education.
“I am moving forward in a new venture that a couple of hockey friends and I have created that will allow myself an opportunity to stay active in the game on my terms and continue to help kids move on while working with the good people that I choose to work with,” Clayden told HockeyNewsNorth.com.
Part of Clayden’s plans and vision for the CIHN includes providing opportunities for First Nation youngsters.
“I am especially excited to add a First Nation component to this venture as I do very much like the idea of creating some new and unknown opportunities for First Nation athletes and students, both in hockey and the class room,” noted Clayden.
Clayden said it’s the “average player” that CIHN is most interested in assisting.
“We plan to put our efforts into working with selective people and selective teams by recruiting good players who are good kids for proven junior and academy prep programs that truly put the kids interest first in helping the lads get to the next level.
“Ontario Hockey League players and NCAA Division 1 players don’t need our help at all. It’s the second, third and fourth-level players that can use a little guidance and that is where I have decided to put my experience and efforts on behalf of CIHN,” Clayden emphasized.
Players and parents looking for more information on the CIHN, what it is about and what it has to offer, can visit its website: www.cihn.net.