Tuesday, December 10, 2002
By Mike Costantino
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Mike Pontonio, president of the SJHSIHL and head coach of the Eastern Vikings, and give him the chance to respond to some of the questions the fans have been raising. As most of you know, Washington Township is not in the league this year but will participate in the playoffs. So when was that decided and is that really fair to the other teams in the league? The new chief in charge answered those questions and more.
"That was decided at the beginning of the year. Township playing in the AAA league, which is the league that puts all the leagues together, and once that regular season is complete most of the teams that participate in the AAA games revert back to their league for the playoffs," responded Pontonio. "As far as being fair...yes because over the years, other than last year both tiers were separate until the playoffs. This year in Tier 2, the two division winners will meet for a one game championship. Then for Tier 1, it will be a double elimination tournament, including Tier 2 and Township, which will be seeded #1. Once we finalize the grid we'll make sure you have a copy so the fans can follow along. It will take up the whole month of February and should make for some exciting hockey."
Question: Instead of the crossover games, was any thought given to trying to improve the Tier 1 scheduling?
Question: We have had this discussion before. Not many people enjoy watching 9-0 games. Why not re-schedule at the halfway point?
Question: Why aren't new teams that join the league put in Tier 1?
Question: Is there a competition committee?
Question: It seems there have been a decent amount of blowouts this year. What can a kid take from this?
Question: Yes, but what do they learn from that?
Question: Why schedule Tier 1 games at 5:30?
Question: Finally, how is your first year as president been, any regrets, any changes?
That of course is what all hockey parents want to see and I have a feeling that day is coming.
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