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08-05-2010, 01:15 PM
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Mark MacMillan traded to Penticton in the BCHL

http://www.bclocalnews.com/sports/99971944.html

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"The opportunity to add a play-maker of Mark's ability is exciting for our program,” said Vees head coach-general manager Fred Harbinson. “The fact that Mark is a local product is also great for our organization and the community. We are excited to get the season started with Mark as a member of the Vees"

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Maybe I'll go watch a game against the Express or the Eagles when he comes to town.

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Why doesn't he play in the WHL? Wouldn't that be better?

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Because he's going to UND

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“It is unfortunate that we had to move Mark, but Mark requested a trade to be closer to home,” comments GM/Head Coach Paul Esdale.
http://www.albernivalleybulldogs.ca/...577&page=45845

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He demands a trade to be closer to home yet he's moving to Grand Forks, ND next year?

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Perhaps he isn't going to UND?

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He demands a trade to be closer to home yet he's moving to Grand Forks, ND next year?
What's wrong? He wants to be closer to home THIS year...because he plays in a league where he CAN be close to home...

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Whoah, headcase and bust, probably won't learn French either.

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Why doesn't he play in the WHL? Wouldn't that be better?
The Canadiens were trying to convince him to do that. The Vancouver Giants own his rights in the WHL. However, we have to remember that he's a 4th round pick (113th overall) and the odds of him making it to the NHL are against him, although he works harder than anyone out there. Already having secured a scholarship in North Dakota, pursuing his career in the BCHL is the smart thing to do for the kid as otherwise, he would have had to forfeit a year eligibility had he suited in the CHL.

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He demands a trade to be closer to home yet he's moving to Grand Forks, ND next year?
What people don't realize is that the suggestion actually came from the Habs' themselves. The Bulldogs have lost 13 players from last year's squad and they are rebuilding this year. The Penticton Vees have one of the best programs in the BCHL and it just happens to be home for him. The Westside Warriors, the Vernon Vipers and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks were also possibilities had a deal not been able to be worked out between Alberni Valley and Penticton.

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What people don't realize is that the suggestion actually came from the Habs' themselves. The Bulldogs have lost 13 players from last year's squad and they are rebuilding this year. The Penticton Vees have one of the best programs in the BCHL and it just happens to be home for him. The Westside Warriors, the Vernon Vipers and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks were also possibilities had a deal not been able to be worked out between Alberni Valley and Penticton.
I definitely see it as a good move for his development, like you say Penticton is one of if not the top programs in the BCHL. I'm happier having him play there than with AV. It just seemed kind of strange for a player going to UND to want to be close to home I'm not upset

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You can trade players in Midget now?

I'm all for making kids feel like they're in the bigs, and giving them the proper training, but I miss the days where players used to just play for their local club.

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You can trade players in Midget now?

I'm all for making kids feel like they're in the bigs, and giving them the proper training, but I miss the days where players used to just play for their local club.
He plays in the BCHL, which is Tier II junior.

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He plays in the BCHL, which is Tier II junior.
Which I assume is like AAA in quebec?

I don't know, below the CHL is midget to me, guess I'm wrong?

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Which I assume is like AAA in quebec?

I don't know, below the CHL is midget to me, guess I'm wrong?
No. There are three tiers of junior. Midget AAA is below junior B, which is below junior A, which obviously is below the CHL or major midget. It is not the same in all provinces, BC for example has very established junior B and junior A leagues, and are just starting to come into the country level with regards to major midget. For a long time, most skilled players went straight to junior B or A rather then spending the extra 1 or 2 years in major midget or AAA.

BCHL is basically the second best league besides the CHL leagues in Canada, along with other junior A leagues like the AJHL ect.

If you have ever watched the Royal Bank Cup on TSN, that is the country wide title for Junior A leagues.

EDIT: Looks like your tier II junior league disbanded in the 70s.

EDIT 2: Yes, you are right. Your LHJAAAQ is on the same level as the BCHL. Its not midget though, its definitely junior.


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I'd like to see him play without his brother.

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Which I assume is like AAA in quebec?

I don't know, below the CHL is midget to me, guess I'm wrong?
Yeah....you certainly are wrong. Tier II Junior leagues have players up to 20 years old in them who all graduated from Midget AAA long ago. A lot of them would have dominated their 1st year of Midget AAA and then moved on to Tier II.

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I'd like to see him play without his brother.
He would have played without his bro anyway, Mitch was in his last year.

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There are a few quotes from MacMillian about the trade here:

http://twitter.com/RyanPinder

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There are a few quotes from MacMillian about the trade here:

http://twitter.com/RyanPinder
Would have indeed be nice to see him in Vancouver, but in his case, if it's true that going to the NCAA will permit him to add strength and weight...well so be it my man. And stay there for at least 2 years. Clearly a case of a guy we "might" see in Montreal in 5 years.

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Would have indeed be nice to see him in Vancouver, but in his case, if it's true that going to the NCAA will permit him to add strength and weight...well so be it my man. And stay there for at least 2 years. Clearly a case of a guy we "might" see in Montreal in 5 years.
Just the fact that they pushed hard for him leads me to believe he has a lot of talent, Vancouver has an excellent scouting and development program.

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Anyone who has been to Penticton can understand why he would want to go there.

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Maybe I'll go watch a game against the Express or the Eagles when he comes to town.
I'd go with you, we should also go see Gallagher too.

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I'd go with you, we should also go see Gallagher too.
Honestly, I would rather see Gallagher than MacMillian. I am around for September, thats not a bad idea.

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I definitely see it as a good move for his development, like you say Penticton is one of if not the top programs in the BCHL. I'm happier having him play there than with AV. It just seemed kind of strange for a player going to UND to want to be close to home I'm not upset
While it was the politically correct answer to give, the "wanting to be close to home" is not the issue. He was happy with Alberni Valley and would have stayed had it not been for the "suggestion" from the Habs' brass at the development camp a few weeks ago. Being in a winning program was key and Penticton happens to be his home town. There were other options in the Okanagan who also have excellent hockey programs.

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