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04-29-2006, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by STS44
If I remember what I had heard - you can play in any of the elite European leagues regardless of age. Good enough to make the team - you're on it. No age restrictions like there are here in North America. That is why in some European
countries the junior programs are stiffled - the best younger players play on the elite teams but get limited ice time. A good reason to come to the North American junior leagues - more ice time and a chance to develop as a player.
Unless we're talking about a real hockey backwater here like Romania or something where there maybe 15 hockey sticks in the whole country - I would find it extremely difficult to believe that a 15 (FIFTEEN !) year old year could be playing in a European Elite League.

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