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10-22-2012, 05:47 PM
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The NCAA is a step above (generally speaking) not because of its older, grizzled players but rather because of top flight young talent that makes it a direct competitor to the CHL in terms of attracting pro-prospect talent.
Consider the University of Minnesota, its top players tend to fall in the 18 to 21 year old range, far younger than say a team like UNB whose players are all over the age of 20 with some being as old as 26. Who though would suggest that UNB is the better program??

Generally speaking, CIS teams tend to do better against older and less talented NCAA teams, as the university of Brock proved last weekend.

Some here are not giving enough weight to talent level and ability regardless of age. Last season, Team Canada hopefuls easily handled a CIS team (combined team or Calgary and Lethbridge) by a score of 7-4, completely controlling the play and out shooting them 49-19 (were it not for the Team Canada players tending the net for the CIS team, the score could have been much worse). The year prior the junior team beat the CIS team 6-2. A combined team of Saskatchewan (one of the stronger programs in the CIS) and Regina beat the junior 4-2 but, again were generally outplayed and out shot by a 38-23 margin.
These split CIS squads also have the advantage of playing full lines that are familiar with each other. When Team Canada hopefuls played true CIS allstar teams, the results were not as flattering for the CIS. I remember being in Kitchener Ontario in 2003 where Team Canada blew the OUA allstars away by a score of 8-1.

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