There could be a new junior hockey league in operation for the 2014-2015 season.
HockeyNewsNorth.com has learned that the proposed, new International Jr. Hockey League would be a part of the American-based Amateur Athletic Union.
The IJHL has progessed to the stage that a logo (see above) has already been designed.
Should it get AAU approval, the IJHL would be comprised of teams and divisions on both sides of the Canada-United States border, some of which would be new franchises and others which are currently operating in junior leagues based in Ontario and Michigan.
Ontario locations could include Collingwood, Cornwall, Gananoque, Markham, Muskoka, Espanola, Manitoulin Island, Mattawa and in the Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay areas.
American locations could include the Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee metropolitan areas as well as the northern Michigan towns of Alpena, Gaylord, St. Ignace, Traverse City et al.
The IJHL’s proposed constitution would include the open use of American, Canadian and European players and a feeder system of midget-aged players in several centres.
Those who are part of the proposed IJHL include individuals who have been involved in junior hockey for many years as players, coaches, managers, commissioners and owners within the AAU, Hockey Canada and USA Hockey.
An initial mission statement of the IJHL, which was obtained by HockeyNewsNorth.com, states that the proposed new league is being formed by “individuals who wish for and seek a change in junior hockey for the betterment of player exposure to the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the game at a world level.”