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08-22-2012, 03:46 PM
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CharlieGirl
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Originally Posted by The Exiled One View Post
"They aren't earning a salary yet, but they received bonus money and have essentially turned professional with a future contract in place."

http://www.puckworlds.com/2012/8/22/...junior-players
Yes, some of the players have received bonus money. However, a lot of them are either a) too young to be drafted or b) not likely to be drafted. Are they professionals too? According to the absolute terms of the NCAA, a 16 year old rookie in the OHL is considered a professional, yet there is no possible way to know whether he will become a pro hockey player. What about the kid who is drafted in the 7th round by an NHL team?

This is where the NCAA's written in stone stance falters, in my opinion. Those players who haven't or won't ever sign an NHL deal should not be considered professionals - because they aren't. As a result, the ability to form a bargaining unit is sketchy at best.

Do you honestly believe that an NCAA "advisor" isn't an agent? They most certainly are.

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