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05-20-2013, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by MiamiHockey View Post
It's very convenient to argue that players choose certain schools due to their winning tradition (or some perception of the "chance to win").

But, a school like Lakehead is where the "Winning Tradition" argument breaks down. (No disrespect intended to anyone from TBay ...) Lakehead is a small school with weak academics located in a remote city with harsh conditions, and the team needs to travel tremendous distances to play. Yet, it formed a program with external funding and, poof, within 3 years sprinted to the top of the standings.

Some might argue that great players chose Lakehead for the chance to win. Yet, out of the same OUA West conference, Western routinely goes to CIS Nationals, and has been in the CIS Final Game 3 times in the last 12 years. Moreover, Western is a better school academically (by any measure you choose), and is in a nicer place to live.

So, what other incentives could there be to go to Lakehead?
Hockey is king at UNB, STFX, UPEI, and probably Acadia and I'm guessing is held in pretty high regard at Saint Mary's and Moncton as well.

Western is known as an elite football school. That isn't a knock on them, that's just how it is. Lakehead on the other hand has no football team. OUA football generates a lot of media coverage for schools and because of that a lot of them put a lot of their resources into football. Western puts a lot more support behind their football program than their hockey program.

With Canada West you also have to consider how much travel is involved for the schools in that conference. Those WHL players who end up playing in the AUS know full well what a grind that is from their days of playing in the WHL.

Where are the complaints about why Alberta's complete domination of Canada West (shouldn't UBC considering their stature and location be at the top of their conference) or Carleton's sudden domination of the entire CSI in basketball? What about Laval dominating football?

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