SAINT JOHN, NB - On Monday afternoon, a motion on the Canadian Development Model was put forth by the Canadian Development Model Committee and was passed by the Hockey Canada Board of Directors regarding age eligibility in all levels of Junior hockey and is effective at the start of the 2005-06 season.
“We are extremely pleased with the great support from all levels of the game with regards to the direction of the Canadian Development Model,” said Hockey Canada officer Marcel Redekop. “We truly feel that this model is in the best interest of our players across the country and will help develop these players by having them play at an appropriate level.”
CANADIAN DEVELOPMENT MODEL, effective at the start of the 2005-2006 season except where noted:
1. First year eligible Midget players (15 year olds) shall only register and compete in Minor Hockey. (Second year eligible Bantam players (14 year olds) during the 2004-05 season who were registered on Junior teams will be grandfathered for the 2005-06 season.)
2. First year eligible Midget players (15 year olds) who believe they are ‘exceptional’ and should be excluded from the previous provision may appeal to play Major Junior hockey under the provisions and conditions outlined in the Canadian Development Model Agreement.
3. First year eligible Midget players (15 year olds) shall not be permitted to register and play as affiliate players with Major Junior or Junior Hockey teams.
4. Second year eligible Midget Players (16 year olds) shall register and participate in Junior Hockey under the following guidelines:
5. Second year eligible Midget Players (16 year olds) may be named as an affiliate player with both a Major Junior team and a Junior A or B team in the same season. The total number of rostered and affiliated second year midget players (16 year olds) eligible to participate in a game shall be no more than the number outlined in 4. a-d (above)
6. Second year eligible Midget Players (16 year olds) are permitted to play an unlimited number of games as an affiliate after January 10. Permanent affiliates, as defined in the Canadian Development Model agreement, are not permitted.
7. Third year eligible Midget Players (17 year olds) are permitted to play an unlimited number of games as an affiliate after January 10. Permanent affiliates, as defined in the Canadian Development Model agreement, are not permitted.
8. The maximum number of non-North American players that can register and play Major Junior Hockey shall be one (1), starting in the 2007-08 season.
9. Major Junior Hockey shall establish by 2007-08 the maximum number of American players by team or league that can register and play on Canadian based teams.
An additional motion was passed to increase the number of active cards from 21 to 23 for all Junior teams.
The Canadian Development Model Committee will present , for approval by Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors, an initial Canadian Development Model Agreement that will include a process for the ‘exceptional player’ application, a definition of a local player for Junior C and D, and permanent affiliates.
This agreement will be expanded over the next year to address a number of other issues that are currently under discussion by the Committee.
During the next review of the Constitution by the Governance Committee in 2006-07 a determination will be made to keep these changes together in a single regulation or to integrate the individual parts into the pertinent regulations.