Re: AIHL Vegas Annual Meeting and restructuring
I would ask your owner or one of the division coordinators. They will certainly tell you an honest answer of the situation.
While nothing is ever perfect, the league is attempting to promote a democratic process and a big part of that process is commitment, dedication, and a desire to improve and give constructive criticism instead of just complaining. Part of the process is for a team to show the league and the other owners they are committed to the league and to the immense financial obligation that owning a team entails by sending a representative to the league meetings.
I am not answering in any way for the league but as an owner, this is the message to other owners. Anyone can be on a conference call or send an email but true progression will only ocurr by people getting together and moving forward. I myself understand the cost of attending in Vegas. Our team has three owners and having attended in the past its great to meet other players/owners from around the country. Unfortunately, sending all three of us every year is not feasible. However, we do send at least one.
The Surge (and the Minutemen prior) are a good organization and all of my interactions with Havelock and the rest of the leadership has been excellent. Im sure theres a definitive reason to the move, maybe moving the Surge provides more stability to the division (just a thought).
Looking back to the 2006-2007 there have literally been well over a hundred different elite/pro teams in the big three leagues (PIHA/MLRH/AIHL). These are the only teams from that season that have been continuously operating:
Ft. Collins Catz -PIHA
Mile high Miners -PIHA
Colorado Thunder -PIHA
parker Prowlers -PIHA
NJ Grizzlies -PIHA/AIHL/MLRH
Hartford FireAnts PIHA/AIHL
Pittsburg Bandits PIHA/AIHL
Harrisburg Lunatics PIHA/AIHL
Scottdale Inferno PIHA/AIHL
Richmond Robins PIHA/AIHL
PA Typhoon PIHA
There are a few other teams, the Surge/Minutemen for example, who have been continuously playing but continually change owners/names. This is a short list of teams when you think about the fact that in 2007-2008 PIHA had 42 Pro teams. In 2008-2009 AIHL had 31 Elite teams. The sport needs stability to survive. Look at the teams above; just about every single one of them has someone who currently or formerly is/was an officer in one or more of the leagues. The aihl and the sport are looking for leaders and attending the meetings in Vegas is a simple way to become one in the sport of roller hockey.
Check with your owner, maybe the Surge were added to our NE division to help build stability. Hope this helped put a different perspective on things.
Looking forward to the season!