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Beginning with the 2015-2016 season, MAHA elected to limit the number of Tier 1 Boy organizations in Michigan. All organizations/teams wishing to play at the Tier 1 level needed to apply to the State Playoff Committee. At the December State Playoff Committee meeting, Compuware was awarded Tier 1 status for its Boy teams. There are a total of 10 teams at the Midget Major level and 8 teams for Midget Major and below. Each of these organizations will field teams at the Midget Major, U16, 15, Bantam Major/Minor, PeeWee Major/Minor, and Squirt Major levels. Each MAHA Tier 1 organization must play the other MAHA Tier 1 organizations two games per season, 1 home and 1 away. The rule also limits the number of non-Michigan players. You can read the full rule on page 29 of the 2014-2015 Annual Guide.
In a joint press release, Compuware Arena announced:
>USA Hockey has entered into an agreement with the intent to purchase Compuware Arena.
>The Compuware youth program will remain in place.
>Mr. Kamanos will continue to sponsor the youth program.
>It is important to Mr. Karmanos that the Compuware Youth Hockey program remains in place. It is also important to USA Hockey that the program continues to operate and play out of the arena for now and the future.
“Our intention is to relocate the National Team Development Program to the facility and also use it to host and showcase other USA Hockey programs and international events,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of The USA Hockey Foundation and USA Hockey, Inc. “In addition, keeping the current users of the building is important to both us and Pete Karmanos. There are a number of issues we’re still working through, and while I know people will have questions, we’ll have nothing further to say until a final resolution is reached.”
Mike Vellucci was quoted saying: “Peter Karmanos has been involved in hockey sponsorship for over 30 years and has always done what’s best for employees, players, and fans and I am sure he will continue to do so.”
Tier I: U18, U16, U15*, U14, U13, U12, U11, U10*
Tier II/A: U14, U13, U12, U11*, U10*, U9, U8, U7*
Tier I Girls: U19, U16, U14, U12
* new team