Major Junior or NCAA hockey?
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11-22-2011, 11:26 AM
Join Date: Jun 2009
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Say you were a really good hockey player for a teen, would you rather go the Major Junior route in Canada or take the college option down in the States? I personally would take the major junior route as I have known some people who play/played major junior hockey and it sounds like the way to go but I have never seen NCAA hockey/lifestyle so I can't really comment on that!
NCAA easily. If you have the talent, you will be found, period, I don't care if you play in Afghanistan, if you're good enough to play in the NHL, in 2011, not 1974, you will be found. There are excellent coaches on both sides to grow your abilities. Ron Mason, Jerry York, Red Berenson etc. Great players have come out of both leagues.
The difference is, what if things go wrong? The NCAA actually takes education seriously. The CHL has tons of loopholes (perhaps they've been fixed but regardless) to cheat you out of the school you really want to go to and to not have to pay you school tuition, dropping you to Junior A right before you are guaranteed money for school.
Top end talent will go to the CHL because they are almost guaranteed to be financially set within a couple years after they sign NHL contracts but those who aren't can go to the NCAA and have more time to train while getting enough game experience and a real educational opportunity at some of the best schools in the world (Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown etc...duly noted that most great players with NHL potential don't play in the ECAC).
This is just me. Both leagues have their perks. Whatever suits you but I think the NCAA provides you with education and playing experience instead of just one.
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