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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Who wants to be a commish?

I can think of some NAHL teams that are happy to see Santa Fe's Peter Cmorej selected by the PEI Rocket in the CHL's import draft. Cmorej, selected 40th, was the only Euro selected who played last season in North America.

The NAHL is also busy trumpeting their players selected in the NHL draft over the weekend, specifically the record number of NTDP's selected. USHL loyalists are crying foul, claiming that NTDP's are really in a league of their own, but somehow I doubt they'd behave any differently than NAHLers are now were the NTDP to get shifted to the USHL. Is the USHL the better league? Sure, but their supporters are still so insecure as to shoot flames at most any comment complimentary of the NAHL, lest they fear a closing of the gap. To those supporters: relax, and focus on your own league. Each league has their place, and yours is at the top.

The Erie Otters finished shopping Monday, selecting Mark Seidel assistant GM, former NHL goalie Peter Sidorkiewicz head coach, and Mike Stapleton as associate coach.

Sherwood Park goalie Jase Weslosky selected by the Islanders...

Finally... for those wondering (and those of you who aren't), here's the request for applications by the NAHL for a replacement:

Summary of the NAHL Commissioner’s Job Description

Directs all daily aspects of the NAHL. The NAHL Commissioner shall have direct responsibility for the hiring, employment and performance of all NAHL employees, as required under pertinent NAHL policies and operating procedures, and must conduct himself with the highest possible level of professionalism, taking full responsibility for the performance of all NAHL programs. The NAHL Commissioner provides daily direction to all NAHL employees at all levels of the organization, but takes direction from the NAHL Executive Committee of the NAHL Board of Governors. The ability to multi-task, communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, endure non-traditional work hours and frequent travel is required.

Principal Functions

Operations: The Commissioner will be responsible for the daily operations of the league to include adherence to the NAHL Rules and Regulations, game operations, scheduling, reporting, and staff supervision.

Public Relations: The Commissioner is responsible for representing the NAHL in all public relations matters and with affecting a public relations effort that highlights the league in a positive manner. This specifically includes relations with USA Hockey, the universities, and the NHL.

League Development: The Commissioner is responsible for the growth and maintenance of each division.

Marketing/Sponsorship: The Commissioner’s office will develop information and marketing tools which will result in sponsorships and advertising relationships consistent with the leagues members to effectively offset league costs and/or garner revenues.

Financial Management: The Commissioner is ultimately responsible for the execution of the financial plan for the league. This includes working with the executive committee to develop a budget, prepare quarterly financials that show budget vs. actual reports for the executive committee and reporting to the Board of Governors.

Meetings/Committees: The Commissioner shall prepare for and chair all the meetings of the league to include the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Coaches and Coaches Committee, and Ad Hoc Committees.

Discipline: The Commissioner is responsible for the maintaining and publishing the leagues rules and regulations in a timely manner as well as having a system of disciplinary measures that is fair, consistent, effective and cognizant of the financial environment of the league and the teams that make it up.


Salary: The Commissioner shall receive an annual salary commensurate with experience.

Insurance: In addition to the annual salary, the employer offers a health care and dental plan to the Commissioner.

Business and Travel Expenses: The Commissioner shall be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary business expense including but not limited to cellular telephone service, fax service, internet service, electronic mail service, accommodations and meals.

Vacation: The Commissioner shall be entitled to fifteen (15) paid vacation days annually during the term of this agreement.

Savings or Retirement Plan Contribution: The employer shall contribute Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500) annually to the Commissioner’s savings or retirement plan on June 15 each year during the arm of this agreement. In addition, the Commissioner shall remain eligible for any and all retirement and/or savings plan(s) offered by the employer.

All applications should be submitted by mail, email or fax to:

Mr. Bruce Carson
11850 Cottonwood St. N.W.
Minneapolis, MN 55448
Fax: 763-208-6538

Deadline for applications is July 7, 2006.

The NAHL is an equal opportunity employer.
By the way... I'm not applying, folks... so stop asking.

Comments on "Who wants to be a commish?"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:13 AM, June 29, 2006) : 

Marc not applying? COME ON!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:33 AM, June 29, 2006) : 

Do you know if the league is looking at expansion in the coming year or so? Also would the league be willing to help a new franchise?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:27 AM, June 29, 2006) : 

The worst thing for the NAHL would be more expansion to markets that can't support a team. What the league needs to do is focus on the few good markets it has, and run them correctly. No more playing in generic 'ice rinks.' It looks bush league. Teams must find a way to play in an arena/colliseum of sorts to appear legit, and draw enough fans


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:35 PM, June 29, 2006) : 

The above comment is so typical USHL. "Teams must find a way to play in an arena/colliseum of sorts to appear legit, and draw enough fans." Really? Says who? Tier I? Back in the day, Compuware was very legit and they didn't draw fans. You don't have to have a huge arena with a huge crowd to be considered a top level junior A team. The USHL is a fan-based league, so they have to. I think every kid out there knows that the USHL is better right now in quality, but I guarantee that there is more out there than just the 300 spots reserved for USHL players.


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