To any new players coming up to the KIJHL. Hockey Canada has a big hole in their carding system now, and behind the scenes there is a motion in to fix it. But it may not be in time.
The problem is Hockey Canada has an electronic carding system and that means a player can be carded without his actual signature. This is a major flaw in the system for first time players and until they make is so a player and parent has to physically sign... things could go sideways. And here's how...
Some teams have been asking first time players to sign some sort of a commitment letter. Be aware that this could make it so a GM thinks he has the right to automatically sign you when he gets his cards June 1st. You may be happy with that... but if your not.
All players should know that they are total FREE AGENTS until they are on a HC Player Card card. No matter what you sign before hand , you are free to go and get what is best for you. If you want out of any commitment letter it is your right and BC Hockey will back you. The water could get murky after June 1st... All honest GM's will call you and tell you they're going to put you on a card and if you don't want to be on their card it is your right.
And why sign a commitment letter anyway... what are you thinking, the team is trying to keep you away from all the other teams, it is your right to talk to anyone you want to until your on a proper card. If your good enough, they will call after June 1st and right up to September.
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Have a great summer.