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11-07-2003, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by bigd
Most kids won't go back to school after playing 4 years of Juniors. If you do go back to College in the States you can't play on a D1 team. Get the education first and if your good enough you will make the jump from College to Pro. If a kid has any kid of smarts he will go the College route. If you are not a good student then Major Junior will probably be your best shot!

Most kids playing U.S. college hockey today are graduates from various Junior A leagues. It is the norm in most of these leagues to have 18. 19 and 20 year old players who are not in school and in fact been out of school for one two and even three years! This does not stop them, however, from going back to school and playing NCAA hockey!

In short you are DEAD WRONG about kids playing Major Junior hockey and school. The fact is that there were over 200 former OHL players playing Canadian University hockey on basically full rides! In fact 95% of all current OHL players are in school today!

Just because you do not take the U.S. college route, it doesn't mean you are foresaking your education. Just ask James Wisniewski of the Plymouth Whalers who is attending Eastern Michigan University full time and for FREE!

The OHL is becoming an ever more attractive route for American born players because they are now realizing that your education is being taken care of and you are playing in a developmental league that is amoung the best in the world. Many of them are asking themselves why play in an inferior Junior A league for two years and then go to college when I can play at an elite level as a 16 or 17 year old TODAY or they are saying to themselves why bother taking the college route and leaving early, without graduating, as many former college players and current NHL players have done?

To each his own bigd but don't knock kids who take the Major Junior route because they are smarter than you think.

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