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01-11-2013, 12:39 PM
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Thanks! This is all very informative.

Just a couple more questions...

As FiLe and Finnpin noted, younger players who are good enough are moved up to the play in the SM-Liiga.

Since (according to what has been posted) SM-Liiga is a pro league, any player of college age who wanted to play in the US college system that has played in that league, especially against established pro players would be deemed ineligible under NCAA rules.

So say that a fairly good player who could possibly play in the SM-Liiga wanted to (eventually) play US college hockey. I realize this maybe a very small percentage (if that), but would Junior "A" or "B" teams be able to somehow help that player retain his NCAA eligibility? If so, how? If not, are the leagues more likely to push him toward the SM-Liiga even if he has expressed a desire to play US collegiate hockey?

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