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05-21-2013, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by FreddtFoyle View Post
Regarding the attraction of winning teams, the coach of Nipissing was quoted a few years ago complaining that many guys he talked to from the OHL would rather go to the AUS and be a depth player rather than get top minutes on his (new then) team.

Some go where their girlfriend can get into the program she wants.

The AUS is the top draw for CIS men's hockey attendance.

Yes, I know the OUA plays in New England too, but not Canada West.

Do you still think money is the only determinant where a player goes?
There is no doubt that it's more enjoyable to play in front of a good crowd rather than in front of family and friends as in Toronto. No disagreement there.

But ... Canada West teams play exhibition games against (e.g.) Minnesota, Denver, etc. It's a bit of a stretch, to say the least, to say that anyone would choose UNB over Sask because they play Boston College instead of Minnesota.

And, if it's winning a championship that matters the most, then Western presents the best opportunity, because they are more likely to get out of the OUA West than any team is to get out of the AUS.

So what's left? Admission standards?

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