Well the Bchl is known for a hockey leauge to prep to go to college. So College is more than likley his route. Keep in mind players like Kariya,Brandon Morrison,Kyle Turris,Glenn Anderson,Brett hull,mark Recchi have all played in the Bchl.
Yep. But the USHL is the same thing. Just the American version. A number of good players have went the USHL route, too. It's just a matter of preference.
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I just found out that our third round draftee Steven Fogarty (for whom Evgeny Grachev was traded) apparently will refuse to go to the WHL, a major junior league, and will instead be headed to the British Columbia Hockey League, which is like a minor league of junior hockey.
The Rangers aren't pleased.
That's all I know. I will look for some headline to make it "confirmed with a link."
He didn't refuse to go the WHL. You have your facts wrong. He wants to maintain his college eligibility, therefore he is playing in the BCHL in 2011-2012 and going to Notre Dame in 2012-2013. I'm sure that the Rangers would have preferred that he plays in the WHL, but they are the ones who recommended the BCHL instead of the USHL. The Rangers didn't want him playing in the USHL.
The Edmonton Oil Kings hoped he would come to the WHL but Steven Fogarty has apparently decided to play in the BCHL with the Penticton Vees before moving on to Notre Dame in the NCAA. We'll find out how close the Oil Kings were for the New York Rangers prospect
He better put up huge numbers in the BCHL. Here is a league that HS should dominate considering how few kids there have been drafted. Most of the league is either too young or not talented enough to be drafted.
A friend of mine plated junior A hockey in Canada and I can catch up with him. Our early pick should be able to score well over ppg there.
Fewer games, yes, but more free time? That's highly debatable.
More free time outside of hockey. College studies can take time, but it's really voluntary for most students. You can do next to nothing in 99% of colleges and get more than the required 2.0 GPA assuming any intelligence whatsoever. Studying is what you do if you are looking to get your GPA above 3.0 and even then it's very little studying. Only the good students, those getting above 3.5 are really studying.
I am sure some of these kids do that. Stefan Cherneski I remember was something like the top student in Western Canada (don't remember if it were among hockey players only or in some competition among all students, athletes and otherwise), but there are plenty of them who do nothing, just go to class (occasionally) merely to get by.
while i'd love to see him play in the WHL and get used to a real physical brand of hockey they play out there, i totally understand why he's choosing to play at notre dame and can't knock him for that. i got real nervous when i saw this thread but i'm glad that it's him snubbing the WHL for college and not some lesser league