League Appealing Junior A Ruling

The Leamington Flyers battle the Chatham Maroons in game five of the GOJHL Western Conference Finals. April 3, 2014. (photo by Mike Vlasveld)

The league that governs the likes of the Chatham Maroons, Leamington Flyers and LaSalle Vipers is appealing a recent ruling denying them Junior A status.

The Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) last week denied the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s (GOJHL) application to increase its current status of Junior B.

GM of the St.Thomas Stars Joe Daniels says the appeal now goes up a level to the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF). “We always have to follow the protocol of our constitution which is first of all you go to the OHA, and then if you’re not happy with what you hear from the OHA you can appeal and go above and beyond, and if you’re not happy with the OHF you can appeal to Hockey Canada,” says Daniels.

Daniels says their application to the OHA didn’t go very far after league officials told them about an agreement that was already in place. “Basically before we even got to start our conversation we were told about the collaborative agreement with the Tier 2 Junior A stating that there is no other Junior A league allowed under the Junior A footprint.” Daniels expects an appeal hearing date to be set in the next couple of weeks. In its decision last week, the OHA felt there was little to no rationale or information provided in the league’s reclassification application.