BREAKING: Hockey League Hands Out Suspensions to 100 Players

Julien Trekker
January 25, 2024  (1:01 PM)

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The Alberta Junior Hockey League has been embroiled in an unusual controversy recently.

In a surprising turn of events, five teams from the AJHL chose to leave the league to join the British Columbia Hockey League, causing a major stir.

AJHL Issues Statement After Five Teams Decide to Leave the League

In response, the AJHL has made the decision to suspend the remaining games of the season for these five teams. This action has been taken to maintain the integrity of the league and its playoff system, as well as to ensure the safety of players and officials.
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Here's their official statement:
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.

Do you think the AJHL made a fair decision?
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BREAKING: Hockey League Hands Out Suspensions to 100 Players

Do you think the AJHL made a fair decision?

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