Its membership into the United Hockey Union — which is sanctioned by the Amateur Athletic Union — official, the new Canadian International Hockey League now begins the task of determining which teams will begin play effective the 2014-2015 season, said president and founder Tim Clayden.
“Our group completed our second conference call of the week on Friday,” Clayden said via e-mail this morning. “I think people will be surprised at the number of vibrant communities that have a serious interest in having a CIHL team. It’s both overwhelming and very exciting.”
According to Clayden, the CIHL had 31 individual groups express an interest in placing a team within the new league for the 2014-2015 season.
The CIHL expects to begin play in 2014-2015 with between eight and 10 teams, said Clayden.
Clayden told HockeyNewsNorth.com that the CIHL intends to announce who its teams are over the next several weeks pending final screening approvals from the UHU and AAU.