I was just wondering how these leagues compared? I play Jr B in New England but I think it would be cool to play in Canada for a year, the season after this, just for the experience.
When I say AJHL I mean the Atlantic. Pretty much the bench mark is the Atlantic Junior Hockey League. Which one's are better, which one's are worse?
Well, looks like nobody is going to take a stab at this so I guess I will....
GOJHL (Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League) is a Hockey Canada Jr.B sanctioned league that is very competitive and features a lot of players that go on to either Major Junior, NCAA D1 and even NHL. The league featured a NHL 1st round draft pick in 2008. You do not have to pay to play in this league. NHL scouts do monitor this league despite being a Jr.B league.
GMHL (Greater Metro Junior Hockey League) is a independent hockey league (NOT sanctioned by Hockey Canada). Level of play is weak and very unbalanced. This is a pay to play league and it isn't cheap. No import rules, can take as many players from around the world as possible.
CJHL, do you mean the CCHL (Canada Central Hockey League)? Is a Hockey Canada sanctioned Jr.A hockey league. Very competitive and very restrictive to import players. They will only take Americans who they view as going NCAA D1. You do not have to pay anything to pay in this league. Currently has one player on the NHL's Central Scouting list.
AJHL (Atlantic Junior Hockey League) is a USA Hockey Tier 3 Jr.A league. League has proven to be a decent stepping stone for NAHL, USHL, and NCAA. However, pay to play league with the best players getting 'scholarships' so they don't have to pay. But the rest of players have to pay making the competition unbalanced.
Out of these leagues I would say the best league is the CCHL, followed by the GOJHL, AJHL, and GMHL.
So in my opinion, being an American, your best bet would the independent GMHL in terms of getting a spot in Canada, but I wouldn't recommend you wasting your money. If you can get on with a AJHL, that would be your best option. Unless you get interest from NAHL or USHL teams.
Thanks! I have heard great things about the organization and Addessa especially.
Goalies are a dime a dozen at junior try outs. Plus coming out of high school, I am very grateful that this team of all teams is giving me a chance.