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01-05-2013, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
Only somewhat. The issue is two parts. One is that the NCAA wrongly considers the CHL leagues to be professional. The other is that the NCAA has is being on the same team as players under professional (NHL) contracts. It's the same thing in many other sports where (notably mostly European) players are held out for a number of games if not declared outright ineligible based on some of their teammates being professional players even if the player himself is still amateur.

Here's some articles to check out that cover a bit of the subject:

The NCAA has been softening a bit on the issue lately, but we're still a long way away from CHL players being considered IMO.
If NCAA allows CHL players to be considered, the CHL will be in big trouble. Full-ride scholarships? Only the top 5 draft picks will stay. Anyone who isn't good enough to to be a top pick, would be stupid not to get a degree. The only reason more don't go to the NCAA is because they want to elevate their game when they are 16.

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