I wouldn't say their isn't a crisis, so to speak. Since 2003, only Marc-Andre Fluery Brian Elliot, Corey Crawford, Devan Dubnyk, Carey Price, Steve Mason and James Reimer have become starters or at least have made a significant impact on their teams at one point or another. You can throw Ward in there too, if you want. He was drafted in 02.
Couple that with dreadful performances in net at the World Juniors, and it does make you wonder what's going on. Now having said that, it doesn't mean that banning Euro goalies from the CHL is the answer.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Hockey Canada really needs to look at the cost and access to specialty coaching for the position. It's simply too expensive for kids to play in net, nevermind at an elite level.
When all is said and done it is still about applying the access to specialty coaching to actual game conditions at the elite CHL level as soon as possible.
Example Malcolm Subban, first round pick, Team Canada goalie at the WJC but lost a year of OHL development to an import:
Wings goalie coach: challenge, not a crisis in developing next generation of goalies
“I think for sure over the last couple years that other countries have caught up to Canada in terms of determination and development,” said Binnington.
For many followers of junior hockey, the banning of import goalies is nothing more than a convenient scapegoat for deeper issues. It’s one thing to have talent, but it’s another to manage that talent properly. Development and the teaching of fundamentals happen long before a player is ready for the CHL. That happens in minor hockey.
And the cold hard fact is playing hockey in Canada has become an expensive undertaking. Many families can no longer afford the cost – ice time, travel fees, equipment, etc. – to keep their children playing. It’s even pricier if your child happens to be a goaltender. It can become financially crippling and many talented goalies are forced out by economics.
“That’s definitely a factor,” said Bedard, a former OHL goaltender who also runs summer camps to help young goalies. “I see kids who come to camp with a lot of potential but their equipment is very shabby. You can see that the parents have been stretched to the limit with the cost of the equipment. If you want everything custom and to keep up with everything, you’re looking at a $2,500 to $4,000 bill from head-to-toe.
The honest truth regarding player development at all levels--regardless of whether we're talking about "Junior B" or "Junior A" hockey, Minor Midget, Major Junior (see: the QMJHL, OHL and WHL, a.k.a. the "CHL" collective), the USHL, the NAHL, NCAA hockey, European junior or professional hockey, the minor pro CHL, the ECHL, the AHL and even amateur underwater basket weaving--is an unpleasant one in terms of producing NHL players.
Put simply, NO developmental league generates oodles of thousand-game-playing, Cup-winning, Hall of Fame-making superstars. At best, and on a team-by-team basis, developmental leagues generate one NHL "regular" and a couple of call-up quality professional hockey "journeymen" per season, occasionally giving rise to a superstar. There are some exceptions in terms of the respective leagues' powerhouses (see: the OHL's Plymouth Whalers, who play in my backyard here in Southeastern Michigan), but the player development meat grinder is not particularly kind to its applicants' NHL dreams.
Actually more and more hockey playing Europeans, including goalies, are taking the NCAA route, foregoing the financial benefits they receive from the CHL teams.
Likewise the younger ones are taking the prep school, private school route to North American hockey.
Also there is no cap on the number of European players an NCAA hockey program may have. Similarly no cap on prep or private school players.
Then you have the USHL option which is also growing in popularity and impact.
That's definitely interesting to hear. I've thought all along that there should be no limit to the number of 'imports' in the CHL. I'd also like to see more players from 'non-traditional' countries getting a chance to play against higher competition. Be it in Junior B, or Division II or III schools.
Whether it's true that Cherry said that or not (Isn't the Sun un-reliable?) I have a problem with this quote;
On the new junior rule disallowing European goaltenders:
Don: “Three out of the four goaltenders in the Memorial Cup were Europeans. Let me explain what happens because I owned a junior club (Missisauga Ice Dogs). They don’t bring over young European goaltenders to train them. They bring older ones over. So our kids don’t have a chance. Our younger kids are backups. And when that older goaltender from Europe gets too old, they just go an get another older goalie, and we don’t have a chance. I don’t believe that they should be over here. It’s a Canadian hockey league for Canadian players, that’s what it is for, in fact they had a little motto “For Canadians to Learn Hockey” but they took that out. I believe the Canadian Hockey League is for Canadians...and you have to have Americans , I mean they have Canadians over there (American franchises). To tell you the truth I’ll let you in on a little secret...most of them (teams) don’t want them (Europeans) over here, but they are caught in a situation they can’t get out of. Canadians should always be first.”
I don't think that's right, out of the goalies this year only Makarov was a European. In the last 5 Memorial Cups there's been 2 European goalies in total (Grubauer (sp?) the other). There's 4 starting jobs per Memorial Cup so out of 20 spots, only 2 were taken by Europeans. That's 10%.
"I spoke to leadership of Q,O,W during CHL Import Draft and I was told that CHL is going to ban all Euros in next yrs, goalies are only a beginning," Dementiev, russian agent, told to championat.com. If I know, he is agent of Khokhlachev, Tarasenko and others. http://www.championat.com/hockey/art....html#comments
The statistics cited certainly support his position.
I think people are only upset about this move because it 'sounds' xenophobic.
Maybe the CHL should have sold this move more as 'putting an end to CHL teams uprooting European teenagers and hauling them across the Atlantic so that owners might make a quick buck', and less as a 'European goalie ban'.