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03-18-2012, 11:45 PM
DROP THE PUCK
Join Date: Dec 2007
UND, Wisconsin, Michigan, BC, BU, Maine, Minnesota, Notre Dame...how can you go wrong at any of these schools.
Want a shot to win your conference and a National Title every year? Go to a school like BC and Michigan.
Want to develop into an NHL player? Go to a school with a that track record like UND and Wisconsin.
Yes the majority of NHL players come through the CHL ranks, but I think its more indicative of a few cultural and regional reasons rather than the CHL being superior in any way, because it isn't.
Kids in Canada grow up wanting to play hockey. And many kids have a CHL team in their area. Why would they dream or aspire to go to American colleges? When they can be paid to go play CHL hockey?
Most American kids don't grow up wanting to play hockey. Only in regions. In hot spots. Like the north east and north central. Boston, Minnesota, Michigan...
NCAA will develop a stronger, more physically developed, more rounded player than the CHL will more often than not.
The CHL has the numbers. Canada can pump kids into the CHL like water under a bridge. There's no shortage of Canadian kids aspiring to play hockey close to home.
NCAA REALLY has to recruit. And get dedicated student athletes.
The talent level is NOT inferior. In any way, shape, or form.
The only thing is amount of games played in a season.
But again the NCAA supplements that with more on ice practice and dry land and weight room training.
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