Pro League Officially Suspends Over 100 Players

Samer Dagher
January 25, 2024  (7:52 PM)

Cale Makar lifting the AJHL Inter Pipeline Cup
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In a surprising turn of events, five teams from the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) have decided to leave the league and join the British Columbia Junior Hockey League (BCHL), sparking a major controversy.

AJHL Makes Official Declaration Concerning Five Teams Who Left the League

The AJHL has released an official statement addressing the situation and taking steps to maintain the league's integrity and playoff system.
The official AJHL statement reads as follows:
AJHL Schedule Update:

We continue to evaluate the best path forward after reviewing Saturday's BCHL announcement that five of our teams have decided, in the middle of our current season, to leave the AJHL to play unsanctioned hockey beginning in the 2024-25 season.

We are responding by taking steps to protect the competitive integrity of the AJHL and CJHL playoff system and to ensure the safety of our players and officials. To this end, until further notice, we have cancelled all upcoming games scheduled to be played between these five defecting teams and the remaining eleven teams at the core of our league. Games previously scheduled among these eleven teams will continue as scheduled. Out of respect for the players on the five defecting teams, we will allow scheduled games among these clubs to proceed.

We are working diligently with our partners - including the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada - to find a resolution to this unusual situation created by the five defecting teams and the BCHL and will provide further updates as decisions are made.

The AJHL's stated vision is to create an environment that inspires trust and confidence among our organizations, athletes, fans, partners and stakeholders. We continue to be the premier developmental league in Canada for student-athletes striving to capitalize on their athletic and academic abilities. We are disappointed by the recent announcement but look forward to providing our fans with more exciting AJHL hockey in the months and years ahead.

Further details and updates are expected, and the AJHL may explore legal measures against the departing teams.
Stay tuned for more information.
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