Changes coming for new-look PJHL Junior C hockey league

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Changes are on the horizon for the 2019-2020 season of PJHL Junior C hockey.

This past Saturday, the PJHL held its annual general meeting in New Hamburg, where the 63 member franchises announced through the PJHL twitter account that they unanimously voted to be a self governed operation, splitting that responsibility from the Ontario Hockey Association. The teams all approved the league’s first ever Manual of Operations and Rules and Regulations, which take immediate effect. The league also wasted no time in hiring a dedicated PJHL Commissioner, as that position will be filled by Terry Whiteside, the President and founder of Quick Feet Hockey, and for years the head of operations for the Hanover Barons. Whiteside will now assume the responsibilities for governing and running the league that used to be facilitated through the OHA.

At this time, it’s unclear what role the OHA will continue to play in the operation and future of the PJHL, though it is rumoured that the OHA will still play some form of role. It has also long been rumoured that the GOJHL Junior B league and the OJHL Tier 2 Junior A league will do a similar “split” from the OHA, opting instead to run and govern their own operations. The current divisional set up and regular season/playoffs scheduling will remain the same for the upcoming season for the PJHL. More details to follow in this developing story.