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100 Hockey Players Get Suspended Following Retaliation

Published January 21, 2024 at 10:39 PM

This year has witnessed significant shake-ups in Canadian junior hockey leagues, with notable developments unfolding in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL).

In a surprising turn of events, five teams – the Brooks Bandits, Spruce Grove Saints, Okotoks Oilers, Sherwood Park Crusaders, and Blackfalds Bulldogs – have chosen to depart the AJHL and join the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) for the 2024-2025 season. The ramifications of this decision were swift, prompting the AJHL to suspend these five teams immediately, affecting a total of 100 players.

Amidst the repercussions, a tweet from Harold Nixon revealed the urgency of the situation, with the AJHL instructing Olds not to show up to Blackfalds, and the Brooks vs. Drumheller Valley game expected to follow suit.

With these teams migrating to the BCHL, a new Alberta region is now incorporated into the league, altering its landscape significantly. The AJHL's future is left uncertain in the wake of this mass exodus, further compounded by the suspensions imposed.

While the move may be viewed by some as disrespectful, the hockey community remains vigilant, closely monitoring the consequences and potential fallout stemming from this unexpected departure of teams from the AJHL. The aftermath of this decision will undoubtedly shape the trajectory of junior hockey in the region.

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