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Junior hockey team holds presser to announce franchise

In Hockey on May 22, 2009 at 12:59 am

We told you about the United Junior Hockey League’s plan to put a franchise in Johnstown back on April 6. It was finally announced officially on Thursday.

The league held a press conference in town to introduce the league, which is aimed at kids age 15-20.

It’s a pay-to-play league, with costs per player expected to near $7,000, according to a story in The Tribune-Democrat.

Games will be held on Saturdays and Sundays and the league will play a 52-game schedule.

The league is an independent, Junior A Tier III program and the story notes that it is one step below pro hockey. But please, let’s understand, that’s not pro as in NHL, that’s pro as in any professional league.

I, for one, am all for hockey at any level, so I’m definitely excited about this development and I hope that the league can catch on and that the new Johnstown Jets can have plenty of success.

Johnstown lands junior hockey team (The Tribune-Democrat)

Junior Jets ready to hit the ice (WJAC-TV)

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