By @MichaelCaples -
During the MAHA summer meetings, the voting board approved a rule change to put a state limit on the number of Tier I (AAA) associations allowed within MAHA sanction.
Associations had to apply for Tier I status with hockey’s governing body, and at the MAHA winter meeting, the following associations were approved:
The Marquette Electricians and the Soo Indians will be able to keep their midget major programs, as well.
These changes will begin at the start of the 2015-16 season. Ten-and-under AAA hockey will be available to the above associations for the 2015-16 season, as well.
“I like the fact that we’re trying to create the proper development pyramid,” said MAHA president George Atkinson at the time of the rule change passing. “We’re starting at the top, and we’re trying to get that development pyramid back in line, because obviously our development pyramid has been upside down. That’s probably the best thing that I like about it, because it’s trying to get the development pyramid back into alignment.”
UPDATE (Jan. 7, 2015): The West Michigan Elite Hockey Association is looking to fill coaching positions. Click this link for more information.
By @MichaelCaples –
Twelve hockey associations in District 6 have joined forces to bring a new Tier I hockey program to West Michigan.
The new association – named the West Michigan Elite Hockey Association – was granted a Tier I award from the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association at its annual December meeting, and will begin the process of constructing a new AAA organization quickly.
The 12 associations will work together to field high-level teams from pee wees to midgets, with the focus on giving elite youngsters the chance to compete with a program close to home. The participating associations, which will all continue their house and travel (Tier II) programs, are the West Michigan Hounds, Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association, Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association, Lansing Hockey Club, Grand Valley, Jackson, HAWK, Rockford, Muskegon Chiefs, Battle Creek, GR Blades, and Kentwood.
“The reason we came together as a group was to give kids in Michigan an opportunity to play Tier I hockey, but our goal is to give kids who live in District 6 and opportunity to stay close to home and play,” said Lansing Hockey Club president Jeff Mitchell. “In doing this, we hope to create unity in all the associations that have come together and continue to grow youth hockey in that area, and also give kids the opportunity to play Tier I hockey. We’ll still pull kids from the Detroit area and everything like that, but this is definitely good for the kids out in D6 and now we can grow our local associations together and give kids more opportunities to move on.
The associations plan to work together over the next few weeks to sort out logistics, programs, coaches and expectations for each age group in the Tier I program.
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