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12-02-2012, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
In Quebec it is/was also a function of population and region. Remote regions would operate Junior B teams to compete at the provincial level. These teams would include some elite level midget players not willing to play far away from home before finishing high school.
Ya, that really was and is the fundamental and underlying raison d'tetre behind many of the Jr.B & C leagues existences in their many coloured suits over the years. Much more rural than suburban. Small towns. Places like Midland, Penetang, Collingwood, Leamington & so on in Southern Ontario with entries in regional circuits. In the larger markets, re-branded as "Jr.A", be it the old Metro Toronto league, the creation of the Provincial Junior A leagues and so on. A certain "pretension" if you will, eliminating the 'B' designation as it's connotations suggest second best, and ya, you did have & still do have innumerable highly talented players who for varying reasons prefer to play in those leagues rather than moving up to Major Junior. Be it home, schooling, a decision made perhaps to play NCAA or whatever.

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