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11-06-2010, 12:45 AM
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Ollie Queen
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The CHL is the Canadian Hockey League. Basically Canadian juniors. It encompasses the OHL, WHL and QMJHL; they are all parts of the CHL. None of the leagues are "better" than each other; they all have a lot of kids drafted into the NHL and are relatively similar in compete level. The WHL is known to be grittier and produce a lot of power forwards and hardnosed kids. There is a CHL entry draft (or individual drafts for the leagues, but same concept), just as their is an NHL draft. Kids are frequently drafted from the CHL and if they do not make their NHL club immediately, even if they sign a pro contract, they return to play in the CHL until they are 20, at which point they would play for the AHL club. I believe the Memorial Cup is the championship for the entire CHL and does not keep the leagues separate for the tournament, but I am not sure.

The AHL is the minors to the NHL. The ECHL is a step down from the AHL... kind of like the minors to the minors. Stuff like the USHL is a step down further.

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