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07-09-2013, 11:14 PM
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First off, D1 NCAA hockey players aren't "just students that play some hockey on the weekends". And CHL players aren't "professional" hockey players.
D1 NCAA hockey, yes, may only have one-two games per week. But these players are on the ice pretty much every day in practice. They're in the weight room. They're training constantly. And the younger players in the league face older more physically mature players than they would in the CHL. They can't take hand outs. They live on campus and take care of themselves as an adult would.
CHL is a teenager league. They're basically in foster homes during the season and are in high school classes during the week.
Not to generalize, but there is a reason why the NCAA sends players to the pro ranks more ready and physically mature than their CHL counterparts.
More practice. More weight room time. Life on their own. Playing older, more mature opponents. No hand outs. Have to maintain GPA.
It was obviously an exaggeration. Also, last time I checked the Rangers' AHL affiliate, which is where Thomas played last season, does not play in the CHL. Calm down.
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