About the League
KHL club managers met on December 11th. Junior Hockey League managing director Alexei Morozov presented his report on 2023 JHL Development Strategies.
The head of the league noted that development criteria will be gradually met since after its approval. Partnership deal with Parimatch Russia was inked prior to the league’s 11th season. The company will be Junior Hockey League’s title sponsor for three years.
JHL regulations now specify that starting from the 2020-21 season coaches, participating in Parimatch Junior Hockey League, must have a certain professional qualification. Starting from the 2020-21 season JHL head-coaches must have qualification no lower than First.
New statistical categories were added for the convenience of coaches, experts and fans. Game schedule has more rhythm and less pauses. Overall there will be 1,088 games played in the 2019-20 regular season, along with up to 77 playoff games.
Currently 100% of Parimatch Junior Hockey League regular season games are officiated by two referees. New insurance system was put in place for officials. Since the beginning of the season, 90 officials were insured. Seminars on quality control, officiating standards and officials’ preparation are held regularly. First such seminar was held in the summer in Moscow. Second seminar is scheduled shortly prior to the start of the playoffs.
Health and anti-doping
Mandatory anti-doping online testing is organized for all Junior Hockey League players and medical staffers. JHL board members traditionally will participate in the annual KHL medical conference in April 2020.
All Junior Hockey League games will continue to be broadcasted at JHL YouTube channel. A total number of views in September and October has reached over 1,000,000. In the first two months of the season over 260,000 unique users visited JHL official website. Overall number of subscribers on social media platforms improved by 2.7% in comparison to the same period last year.
JHL Special Projects
Sirius Junior Club World Cup
2019 Sirius Junior Club World Cup was held in Sochi, Russia from August 21st to August 31st. Loko Yaroslavl won the tournament as reigning Kharlamov Cup champions. Traditional JHL-To-Kids action was held during the tournament. Participants also met with Educational Center Sirius alumni.
Your Chance. Sports and Education project
Sports and Education project Your Chance was developed as a part of partnership with Educational Center Sirius. Seven hockey players signed their first professional contracts at the end of it.
The project also featured testing of JHL coaches along with a seminar and a qualifying examination with participation of Russian Hockey Federation testing committee.
Study! Play! Be the best! Program
JHL and Student Hockey League have put forward Study! Play! Be the Best! Program, which allows hockey players, who have JHL experience, continue their career in SHL, while getting a higher education. There are over 150 JHL alumni who currently play for student teams.
“Sticking to JHL development strategy is an important aspect in JHL development,” said Alexei Morozov. “We rely on the approved document in our work in all functional directions. We still have a lot to do but the results are noticeable already, which proves the necessity of strategic planning.
“Progress is noticeable in all areas – from sports and officiating to communications and marketing. Working on the league’s special projects, we always look for ways to perfect all processes and actively cooperate with our partners. JHL inked a deal with Parimatch company, which is now its title sponsor, Student Hockey League and Educational Center Sirius. Together we continue to develop professional junior hockey.”