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07-14-2011, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Jonathan. View Post
This shows just how little you know about the NCAA. There have been players upwards of 25 years old in the NCAA (a lot of guys go the BCHL/USHL route and turn freshman at the age of 20 or 21 even).

The age in the NCAA tends to skew much further towards 21+ than it does in the CHL where it tends to skew much further towards 18 and 19. CHL teams can only have two overagers on their team at any time.

Players in the NHL are MUCH more physically mature than they are in the CHL. Bigger, stronger and tougher competition in regards to the physical nature of the game.
There have been a handful of 26 year old players in the NCAA before, it is true.

Quite frankly, there is very little to be said against college hockey except for York's BC program and the Atlantic division, which is poor enough to be more comparable with tier 2 junior hockey.

You pitt the best 20 or so NCAA programs against the best of the major junior clubs, and the NCAA would dominate. Based on experience, physical maturity, and it has some of the best coaching as well.

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