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01-05-2011, 04:22 PM
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BLKHKhockey
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Originally Posted by canuck44 View Post
I've always wondered, how good is ACHA hockey? (Not to derail the thread, but since we have someone with experience in the league I thought I'd ask) I've read online that ACHA D1 is comparable some some programs in NCAA D1 and that some bottom level ACHA teams have players that have never really played before. That seems like a ridiculous range of skill to me
Highest skill from top to bottom:

NCAA D1
NCAA D3
ACHA D1
ACHA D2
ACHA D3

I play ACHA D2 as a freshman and our team mostly consists of ex AAA players with a few high school stars and AAers. ACHA D3 (lowest level) would probably compare to higher level high school teams.

Also, a kid who played ACHA D2 recently got drafted into the AHL. Of course, this particular case is very rare.


On topic, most of player's talent is muscle memory. Your stride, shot, and stickhandling suffer because you haven't done them in a while. Also, if you become stronger without practicing your skills, your coordination will be thrown off.

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