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05-25-2010, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Alpine View Post
Thanks for the numbers.
This provides a good overview of Jr A in North America as well as the College/Uni programmes that Jr A leagues wish to be a stepping stone towards.
It will be interesting to see what unfolds as Jr continues to move into traditional minor pro markets what path many/some graduating Jr players decide.
If my area is any indication (Atlantic Canada) as the AHL was replaced by Jr over the last 15 years the growth of hockey has been on the upswing.
One last question since ACHA has been brought up. As ACHA is not conidered Varsity sport is it possible that Major Jr graduates could attend and play at this level?
After reading some of the reports of some of the new NAHL teams, such as the IceRays, the team was losing money with lower attendance (few 1000), travel, player salary, and other expenses. Jr. Hockey erases the salary expenses. Other markets like Flint have pro teams on shaky ground, in the case of Flint, MI and Muskegon Lumberjacks going to the USHL the whole IHL is in trouble.

ACHA rulebook follows most of the NCAA rules, there’s some minor differences but generally they’re very similar- i.e. Major Jr. players are considered to be professional and therefore ineligible.

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