Major Junior or NCAA hockey?
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11-22-2011, 10:33 AM
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: New York City
Don't know if this is still the case or if the CHL leagues have addressed these loopholes...
The first “catch” with this system is the so-called “domicile” rule. Basically, how this works, is the OHL takes the cost of tuition at the college or university closes to your home as the basis of how much educational cash you receive that year. So if your from a town where it costs $6500 in tuition to attend Acme College but your heart’s set on going to Generic University at $7000 a year you will have to come up with the $500.
The next “catch” is that it is real important to be on an OHL roster January 10th or later. The reason is that if your not on the team on or after that date the money you would receive for education for that year is halved. So on January 9th you get sent down to the Junior A affiliate you can kiss literally thousands of dollars goodbye. Ouch.
The final ”catch” in my opinion is the biggest of all. It states that you have 18 months from the time your junior eligibility has expired for you to access your educational money. If you don’t tap into it then, on a full-time continuous basis, it is gone forever.
For example, Joe Smith just finished his 20 year-old overage season with the Sarnia Sting. He then, like most OHL grads, decides to keep his dream of hockey glory going and signs with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals. He has a decent first year and the Jackals would love to have him back for a second year. Joe Smith now has come to one of life’s crossroads. He can return and hope he continues to develop as a hockey player and maybe catches the eye of an AHL team.
The AHL, being one step away from the NHL, can now be used as a platform for a call-up to The Show and a lifelong dream fulfilled. Or he can access his educational package and go on to university. How many 22 year-old hockey players, having played since they were 4 or 5, are ready to abandon their dreams at that age? Not many, the OHL is counting on it.
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