AHF has already posted declarations for 23 clubs, with a number of large former DVHL clubs still missing (TP, York, VFC, Wiss, Royals).
There have been a total of 254 individual teams announced. If these 84 are AA, 127 are A and only 43 are at the B level.
Perhaps when they say they are an Elite Tier II league - what they mean is they really don’t want B level hockey (or at least they are pushing B teams to declare as A silver). Obviously there are no B divisions for 16U and 18U, but when you look at the younger ages (10U, 12U, 14U) there are still more AA teams than B teams, and twice as many A teams than B.
Some of the club declarations are interesting. Cap City doesn’t have a single B team. Blazers only have one. Ducks and Haverford only two.
Maybe A is the new B, and parents can proudly say that their kid plays AA or A hockey. I mean does anyone proudly say their kid is on a B team.
Not sure what that says for never/developing players. Will be interesting to see if more B level players wind up playing for DVHL clubs if there really isn’t a place for them in AHF.
Looking forward to seeing the rest of the declarations, but am guessing it will be more of the same. There is no B - in Atlantic Hockey Federation.