Don Cherry rants about foreign players in the CHL
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01-06-2013, 04:12 AM
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Cherry is right though.
Honestly, I think the US needs a proper junior league. Keep the CHL Canadian. Relocate Portland, Tri-City, Spokane and Seattle to Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lloydminster and Winnipeg. Do the same kind of thing in the O. Raise Canadian players only in the CHL.
I just don't know if a proper junior program would ever work in the US. Hockey just isn't popular enough in most parts of the country. States like Michigan, New York and Minnesota would have no problem attracting fans, but in most places in the south, NHL hockey is a hard enough sell as it is.
You are missing some of the teams, and you know that wouldn't happen in a million years.
Maybe if those 8 teams featured only American players? How many Canadians would make that deal, so that the correct "deserving" players could play for teams in their country?
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