At the risk of incurring the ire of all parties involved who are trying in their own way to do what they think may be best for inline hockey I have to ask the question "What the hell is going on?"
For years one of the biggest problems facing the sport has been to present a unified front to the world of the hockey fan, in order to be able to market the sport of Professional/Elite/AAA hockey in a cogent fashion to that world. This is true at the club level, the tournament level, and at the "Pro/Elite level.
Now we have a new league being announced which apparently does not inlcude any of the previous leagues, although some of the individuals involved may be the same. We as fans/participants have no idea who is playing where, what buildings, teams, organizations etc etc are involved.
There are currently now four separate Pro/Elite organizations which are apparently still in existance across the country, not including the tournament pro teams...
MLRH..no announcement of it's demise has yet been made
PIHA...apparently it is not a part of this new group
XIHL....announced but teams, schedules, locations etc. etc. are not even established yet
How confusing is this to everyone involved in the industry from the fans to the players??????
MLRH and PIHA have some history and a leg up for recognition, but are now competing with a third organization for players and venues..when they were having enough trouble keeping things stable and growing....This splintering is now total madness in my opinion, flies in the face of any maketing common sense, and smacks more of ego collisions than effective planning.
My point....all of you get back to the f******g table and get your collective act behind the same set of wheels, and fast before you lose the interest of the whole community.