The new Canadian International Hockey League is intent on providing multiple showcase tournament opportunities for its players before and during the upcoming 2014-2015 season.
Along with its United Hockey Union partner from the Midwest Jr. Hockey League, the CIHL will either host or is invited to participate in three confirmed showcase tournaments beginning with the Fall Summit College Classic Weekend to be held in Traverse City in mid September.
The reigning MWJHL champion Traverse City Hounds will play host to the event in which the Batchewana Attack and the Espanola Rivermen of the CIHL have already confirmed their attendance.
“We are looking forward to continued growth and success of not only our league but all of our partners under the UHU umbrella including the new CIHL,” said MWJHL commissioner Scott Gardiner. “These showcase events will give players an opportunity to show college coaches and scouts that they are or will be college hockey material.”
Following the Traverse City tournament is the Shamrock Showdown College Showcase, to be hosted by the Detroit Fighting Irish of the MWJHL on September 18-21.
Fighting Irish coach-general manager Dan Vasquez has extended an invitation to all teams in the MWJHL, CIHL and Northern States Hockey League to attend the Shamrock Showdown, which will be held at the Ice Box Sports Centre just outside Detroit in Brownstown.
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“The goal is not only to get all of the players on the teams who attend early exposure from the college scouts but to allow the college coaches and scouts to become more aware of the vision of the UHU and its associate leagues,” said Vasquez.
Then on January 9-11, the Collingwood Ice will play host to the CIHL Winter College Classic Weekend in which all teams in the new league will participate.
CIHL founder and president Tim Clayden said he is taking steps to try to ensure that scouts from American and Canadian schools will be in attendance.