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08-28-2012, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by smitty10 View Post
The reason I suggested a lower-tier circuit of Junior A and Junior B teams is to create depth and competitive hockey for players who either aren't quite good enough for MHL/MHL-B or any of the above leagues. This would allow for players who are 18, 19, 20 years old to keep playing competitive hockey and would allow the premier younger 15, 16, 17 year olds to play at a higher level and prepare them for higher levels of junior/pro hockey. Having a good depth system would help Ukraine to retain their premier players from a young age as it would give them a good place to develop at home, rather than having to move to Russia to play.
That's all well, but the depth needs to exist in the first place to justify it. Give it a few years, let hockey grow, when the players are there split the tiers accordingly.

Ukraine needs a lot more clubs/schools with the ambition of Donbass towards youth hockey.

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