I don't give a crap about signing U23 internationals. The league should be focused on developing CANADIANS.
Hell, If I was in charge I'd mandate 25 as the minimum age for internationals and require that they have played for their national team in the last two years. I want seasoned veterans to teach our U20 's.
Boy, that feels out of alignment with what the goals of the league are. I understand needing some veterans, but I'm not sure this is the type of move you really want from a league focused on development.
True I guess - I forgot about his heritage. His family are all in the GTA as far as I know, so I don't know how special it would be for his family unless they all fly from Toronto to Victoria but I'm sure it will be a special match for them to watch if he plays.
I also think the league did the right thing in having the first place team gain a bye to the final. A single table is OK as well...I never really warmed up to the split season.
As it is only 8 teams, I think 4 in the playoffs sort of devalues it a bit in that you may have two really good teams, a decent third-place team, and a poor fourth team. You may have a situation where the fourth place team has more losses than wins, so I'm OK with this format on the whole.
I’ve got to say that I have a growing sense of optimism this season. I think that our off season moves have been really solid, the club seems to be doing all the right things to improve the crowds, and I think that we may just about challenge for the title. I’m especially excited about the new format!