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03-12-2008, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Verbatim View Post
And about juniors (OHL, WHL, QMJHL)

- how do players get drafted to junior leagues?
The Bantam Draft (or the Priority Draft. They're all different names for the same thing). Basically 14/15 year olds across the country get drafted by the junior leagues which represent their region (BC/AB/SK/MB for the WHL, Ontario for the OHL and Quebec and the Maritimes for the QMJHL). American players can also get drafted but I'm not entirely sure of the zoning. THen there is also the Import Draft where teams draft the rights to various European players.

- where a player lives during a season?
With billets. Families volunteer to put the kids up for their time in junior.

- how teams travel to road games (bus/airplane)?
Well the WHL is bus only so I'd imagine the other leagues are as well.

- does players also go to school?
Yes. At least the ones who haven't graduated do.

- do they get paid for playing and if they do, what's a typical salary?
Well, they get paid some money, but its not much. Somebody will be able to tell you the exact amount, but its only like $50-$100 IIRC but its meant for food and gas and such. These guys eat alot, the billets can't be expected to buy everything.

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