CIJHL – “Independent” Jr League Fails to Launch

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September 6, 2014

It would appear the Canadian Independent Junior Hockey League pipe dream has gone up in a puff of smoke.

The ‘Pay to Play’ league was first announced last December, by league commissioner Jason Nadeau, with a promise of launching six franchises to begin play this fall.

Most hockey insiders around the Lower Mainland questioned the viability of yet another league for junior hockey aged players, where there are already well established Major Midget, Midget A1, Junior B, Junior A and Major Junior franchises, plus Sports School Hockey Academies, in place for student-atheletes.

A Wikipedia post states the league folded September 5, while another posting on TheJuniorHockeyNews.com says attempts to contact Nadeau for comment have not been successful.

The website first raised a red flag on Sept 1 in its “Death Pool” column – details here, and then announced the end, in a followup column, Sept 5.

The column raises some serious concerns about billet prepayments, and reimbursements.

Nothing regarding the matter has yet been announced on the CJIHL website.