This Blog provides Detroit area youth hockey news. It was originally the blog of the now defunct Detroit Hockey Association, the most affordable youth ice hockey organization in Michigan based at Jack Adams Arena in Detroit. The Clark Park Coalition keeps this tradition alive in Southwest Detroit.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
A Low-Down Dirty Shame
After being told by the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association to bring ALL of the ballots from the May 12th election to a special meeting with the District 2 Council,the DHA ignored this,and showed up empty handed. Excuses flew from the DHA, they claimed vote tampering,they claimed voter intimidation, they blamed the City, they blamed the association parents for not getting involved,they blamed everyone but themselves.
The MAHA District Council gave the DHA another chance,ordering them to hold an election by September 1st 2012. Once again,the DHA put no serious effort into complying with this,and now NO TEAMS are skating out of Jack Adams under the DHA flag. This is shameful.
What is worse however is the loss of QUALIFIED LEADERS who were running for offices(and,who likely won in May) who have taken their kids and talents to other associations now.
Regardless of how you feel about the former DHA board,as people,as association 'leaders', they have dropped the ball,and the DHA is for all intents and purposes non existent.
None of this was the fault of parents (many of whom never even knew they were a part of an association),or players,or coaches(some of whom fought hard for full disclosure and an election). Nor was this the fault of the City,MAHA,or any league.
The fact is, people were shut out of decision making by a board that wouldn't and couldn't explain it's actions. Sorry for the finger pointing,but at this time I think it is well deserved,and people should never forget those who tore the DHA down..and left it an empty shadow of what it was just 10 years ago.