Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Busy Times In The World Of Junior Hockey:

It's been a busy last few months in not just my life but also across Junior Hockey in Canada, with several changes being made in Provincial and National umbrella organizations such as Hockey Alberta and the Canadian Junior Hockey League. 

I will start by stating my sincere thank you to Mike McGuire and Mark Tomagi at 93.1 The One FM in Leduc for giving me the opportunity we have been experiencing for nearly 2 months now! It is an absolute honor to be in the position I am in right now working with people I have long hoped to some day work with/for. 

Now I want to congratulate the Brooks Bandits on winning the 2013 RBC Cup, what an absolutely deserving bunch of guys. They came together in 11/12 as a family and unfortunately fell short to Penticton in the Doyle Cup, but in 12/13 they knew they had unfinished business; and that was to celebrate a National Championship. The best part is the fact that there wasn't a selfish soul in the room, all 23 guys did it for #23 Nick Crosby. I was lucky enough to chat with recent SAIT Trojan committed Bandit forward RJ Reed, you can read that here!

In terms of the CJHL, with last week's AGM, it was determined that sanctions for player payment could become very jeopardizing for the long and short term success of any alleged franchise. Several other changes were made, and I have quoted the CJHL Release for an easy read...
The CJHL will enter the 2013-2014 season with several new regulations and initiatives, including the following:
  • Stronger dispute resolution and appeal procedures for application of CJHL rules and inter-league disputes
  • Sanctions for payment of players in any manner that jeopardizes or potentially jeopardizes their (or their teammate's) eligibility to participate in college or university hockey at any level
  • Sanctions for violating rules on the amount and type of consideration payable as part of a CJHL Player Transfer Agreement
  • Creation of a "not-in-good-standing" list for players refusing to report to a team after a CJHL Player Transfer Agreement
  • Introduction of a "return-to-team" rule for players returning from other levels of hockey, including NCAA, Canadian university and college and CHL
  • Adoption of a CJHL inter-league player transfer freeze from 9:00 EST on December 10 to 12:00 p.m. EST on January 1
  • Formation of a committee to review the USA Hockey - Hockey Canada Transfer & Release Agreement
  • Formation of a committee to review the proliferation of junior leagues which are not sanctioned by Hockey Canada


During their AGM, the Alberta Junior Hockey League made a decision to cut back on the number of Major Junior experienced players that each team can have on their roster. The only teams to be against the CHL Player rule were Brooks, Okotoks, Whitecourt, and Grande Prairie. As Fort McMurray Oil Barons play by play voice Tyler King tweeted, it really does make it tough when you consider how many players have begun doing 'trial runs' at the WHL.

New #AJHL regs basically equate a kid who plays 1 season + 1 game in the CHL with one with 4 full years who comes down Jan 10 of his 20 yr.
You can find the Official AJHL Release with all of the AGM deets here.

Now I can hop over another province, to my home of British Columbia. I just want to express a congratulations toward the Fred Page Cup Champion Surrey Eagles; that is one hell of an organization and it is great that they can now raise another banner(or 2) to the rafters of the South Surrey Arena.

On another note, my hometown organization the Vernon Vipers are now preparing to host the 2014 RBC Cup, an event I have long dreamed of attending even as a spectator for my whole life. Growing up such an avid supporter of the Vipers since years like 1996 and 1999, I knew at an early age that the City of Vernon (I was 5 in 1996) was more than capable of hosting the event with great success and I am very proud of guys like Mike Lane and Don Klepp who have poured hundreds of hours in to the organization committee. If you're from the area and want to join the volunteers, fire an email to Don's wife Betty at eechan@shaw.ca or just post by the Vipers Office and get your tickets as well!! Kal Tire Place will be rocking!

On the interview side of things... There are a three guests I will be speaking with in the next few weeks that will make you want to keep checking Dustin's Cafe weekly!

I won't reveal any names, but I will say that two of my guests have been featured on the blog before, and one is a 2nd round NHL draft pick. 

Overall, there is lots to be excited for in the coming weeks, and I hope to be able to provide more frequent updates in the near future! 

And lastly, the biggest thing... I want to take a moment to thank and recognize two amazing people: Branden Crowe and Cam Lee at CJVR/CK750 in Melfort, Saskatchewan. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to broadcast SJHL hockey this past season while working in such an awesome environment. With that, I owe a thank you as well to Gavin Holcomb, Dwight Kulchysky, Doug Johnson and Tyson Hobbins; for all of their hospitality and cooperation over the course of the season! And of course, everyone I had the pleasure of working with in both Melfort and Nipawin, including all the staff at CK750 and the Mustang Broadcast Network's Al Montgomery. Thank you to everyone for helping me to take one step closer to my dream!

Thanks for reading! Until next time, make sure to download the official 93.1 The One app on your smartphone, follow us on Twitter @theonefm or visit our website www.onefm.ca!