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07-28-2011, 11:36 AM
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Nova Scotia
How can parents give $5000 to Cashman and this league without doing any research and discovering that he is a crook?
New season promises more than a name for Blizzard
Coach Curtis Prue said 16 players -- nine of them from Erie -- are on the roster after a tryout in early June. After a pool tryout for Continental Junior Hockey League teams in late July, and another Blizzard tryout session loosely scheduled for early August, the roster will move toward the 24 players the team will carry during a 40-game season.
The Blizzard were a team in name only a season ago. In its first year of existence, the Tier III CJHL dwindled to just two teams -- the Niagara Fury and Alpena Thunder -- from an anticipated five. Jim Cashman, the league owner and Fury coach, combined the Fury and Blizzard franchises, playing most home games out of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and some at the ICE.
This year has been kinder to the league, which has grown to at least six teams. In February, the Amateur Athletic Union agreed to sanction the CJHL as a Tier II entity, the second-highest designation in U.S. junior hockey. The Tier I United States Hockey League and Tier II North American Hockey League are the highest-caliber junior conferences in the United States. USHL teams pay all expenses for its players; NAHL teams pay all but room and board.
CJHL players will pay as much as $5,000 each to play. Prue said Blizzard players pay $4,500 each.
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