So, the newly-formed Canadian International Hockey League intends to take to the ice for the 2014-2015 season with between six to 10 Ontario-based teams.
The new Tier 2 junior league is designed to be a global loop made up of Canadian, American and European players.
Espanola Rivermen owner Tim Clayden is the founder of the CIHL and he brings his team there from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League where it finished third in the standings and first on the attendance chart in 2013-2014.
To be sure, Clayden isn’t leaving the NOJHL with hugs and kisses for certain team governors or commissioner Robert Mazzuca.
But judging by the posts — anonymous of course — directed towards Clayden on blogs and forums, you would think the man has committed treason by leaving the NOJHL to start up the CIHL.
So, Clayden took his Espanola team and left the NOJHL to form the CIHL.
Clayden, like you and me, wakes up in a free world every morning.
It’s his right and his fair opportunity to try to do what he wants with his hockey team and his new league.
But there are those out there — spineless souls who don’t have the nerve to sign their name to what they say — who can’t stop chirping Clayden, attacking his character and ridiculing the caliber of play in the CIHL before it has even played a single game.
Because Clayden had the gumption to stand up to Mazzuca because he thinks the NOJHL commissioner is a self-serving individual who plays favourites and has an agenda of his own?
Right or wrong, like him or not, Clayden is a long-time junior hockey operator who has had success on the ice and at the gate while helping to move players on to higher levels of competition.
Speaking of competition.
Not only is competition good but a team, a league and a player are only as good as their competition.
Go ahead naysayers, keeping chirping Clayden and the CIHL.
Keep turning green with envy and red with rage.
Clayden is moving ahead and moving forward and he’s leaving the NOJHL for the CIHL.
Don’t like it?