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05-21-2009, 06:53 AM
Hi guys, i've been away for a bit too long, and have only just heard of AIHL (be kind, i live in australia) what is the major difference between it and PIHA?
05-21-2009, 08:37 AM
I would recommend using the search option in the forum. There are a lot of threads on this topic...some productive and some not.
05-22-2009, 12:12 PM
Want to really put this message board's search engine to the test?
Search all the "Satanic" threads for:
NARCh vs AAU
RHA vs USAHIL
PIHA vs AIHL
Or, for that matter, just search all posts by ACCCT2. That should make you blurry eyed after some lengthy reading.
You'll definately want to kick the family cat after that endurance test.
Steve Inge - ROXBURY 8
ps - I sure wish I knew who this ACCCT2 is, because - his screen name gives all of us in the Accounting/Finance field a bad rap.
05-24-2009, 01:08 AM
tried and failed..... nothing really came up.
and that guy has some good and bad points, but his posts used to give me a headache
05-25-2009, 01:47 AM
long time no see skooled.
AIHL (the American Inline Hockey league, not the pre-existing Australian Ice Hockey League) as I udnerstand it is probably best described as PIHA but run by the owners/teams/clubs/organisations that compete, under the auspices of a non-profit org - rather than as a privately run league as a for-profit venture where the league owner can say "its my way or the highway".
(Did that response steer clear of saying anything controversial?)
05-25-2009, 01:10 PM
Dancing dangerously close trouble, but looked like a "clean" description of things.
Here are a couple notes on both leagues:
PIHA and AIHL are both non-check leagues.
PIHA is using RHA as it's NGB, and AIHL is using AAU.
PIHA has Pro/Minor divisions, AIHL has Elite/Minor divisions.
PIHA has paid prize for championships, AIHL does not.
PIHA is still using the 2 games per match style, AIHL does this too but has also had "festivals" where more then 2 teams come and play, similar to NCRHA.
A number of teams in the AIHL are former PIHA teams under new names and management.
Others can feel free to add to this list in a diplomatic way (and correct me if I'm wrong, or clarify things) as long as this doesn't turn into a mud slinging contest as it usually does. Please only post facts about the leagues, not rumors/myths/hear-say.
If you are going to add to this list, please add you name to the bottom of your post.
05-26-2009, 05:31 PM
ok, not a problem. has there been a noticable change in quality of play and volume of spectators?
05-29-2009, 03:14 PM
For the AIHL; In the divisions that were former PIHA divisions, the quality of play has been the same or even improved in the AIHL. (suffolk sharks are a great example of a new team with great skill).
I cannot say much for any of the expansion divisions as I have not seen play but I know from the players that the SO.Cal division is excellent.
The southeast I do not know about.
For the PIHA, The East looked to be strong as the teams there had ALOT of talent for the most part.
In the end the quality of play overall is the same, as 60-70% of players play in both leauges if they can.
Spectator-wise, it would depend on the team. The teams that did well in attendance in the past are doing even better this year in the AIHL and the teams that did poorly are still doing poorly.
I do not have any knowledge on PIHA team attendance other than the blaze which is the same as in past years.
Attendance is more a factor of ownership and team location than league.
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