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01-04-2013, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by TMLOBI View Post
I said something similar to Cherry and people bashed me. The fact is the CHL is the best junior development League(s) in the world. Sure non Canadians play in their native countries until they're 16 but then get scouted and drafted to one of the three leagues. This only helps their development as they play with and against better players, get coached and coached against by better coaches and have better trainers. There is a reason most kids entering the NHL come from the CHL. The competition level is so immense that only the best can survive and thrive. I am all for non Canadians playing in the CHL as it makes for a better overall product to the game of hockey. But you can't deny that a lot of non Canadians are better players as a result of playing in a better league.

It is just like Canadians who go and play NCAA basketball (maybe football too?). Like future NBA 1st overall pick Andrew Wiggins. He was born in Toronto and is simply too good to be playing in Canada. He went to high school in the states to play against better competition and he is the most recruited player for the NCAA schools. He is going to be a better player by playing in the states. He will play with and against better players, be coached and coached against by better coaches and be trained by better trainers.

Long story short may the best person win. Think of it from the other side of the fence.. "they stole all of our good people". Canada is a great country because we take the best of other countries and put them into our culture. It would suck if the best Canadians went elsewhere with their talents (some already do in other fields). But with hockey the best stay here!

Good luck America, may this be your last gold medal


Most the American kids don't come until they are 18. I am not saying all do but the biggest portion of them do, leaving the NTDP to go the CHL route after they have finished their time there. That is a part of the problem I have with this logic. It is a finishing school. Large stretches of their development has taken place.

Also as stated by several, Cherry and the people that push this agenda would never call Toews, St. Louis, Crosby, Kariya and other famous Canadian stars that spent development time in America a product of our hockey development.

By the way if the CHL is just Canadian because of a 58-12 ratio, than what is pro hockey with NHL/AHL having a 49-11 ratio? Guessing you don't want to call that American?

In any event, if the CHL hates this so much I suggest they stop recruiting and paying kids out. Gibson was committed to Michigan, continuously said he was going then magically as many people always point out about Kitchener his mind changed over night. Make of that what you will....

It is just a way for some of the disappointed Canadian people as usual to have their finger prints over everything hockey. That is what this statement looks like and that is why I cannot accept this logic when you said it yesterday as well.

To the basketball analogy (I hate the sport and have stopped following it closely so disclaimer there) it would be like us ignoring that Canada seems to have a lot more talent around these days. Chances are they have improved the AAU teams and done a ton to have better players coming through. They deserve the credit for closing the gap and having better development when the kids are younger.

After all if American hockey was as bad as some people like Cherry really believe deep down, these kids couldn't even win jobs because of how far behind they would be all the kids from Alberta and Ontario.

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