I'm wondering if we will ever see a USHL vs NAHL contest? There is so much talk about the two leagues being on par or having a a big gap. Will we ever see the top team from each league go head to head in a 3 or 5 game series?
Sam, as I wait in our hotel room in TOPEKA for "GAME ON", I am only finding a reported exhibition game in Sept. of 2011 between the USHL Green Bay Gamblers and the now defunct NAHL Chicago Hitmen in which GB won 7-2.
On this site I remember a post about the 2 leagues meeting a decade or more ago for some kind of trophy (but we, of course, were more wraped up in the world of Mites back then)
Anyway, using the quip "never say never", I would say possibly in your lifetime but the odds get worse in my lifetime.
Also in my opinion, that is the same for the T3 champion playing the NAHL champion, or the T3 champion to play the USHL champion, or the NAHL Champion to play the Canada Junior A champion, or the USHL champion to play the Canada MJ champion, or any combination of the above etc. etc.
I guess it really only maters discussing because sometimes @#%%ing contests are fun!
DROP THAT PUCK!
At one point in time the 3 leagues that were considered junior A (USHL,NAHL,AWHL) met each other to play for the Gold Cup, this tournament was changed when the Tier system was created and the USHL went Tier I and the AWHL and NAHL went Tier II- the AWHL and NAHL played each other. The last Gold Cup was played in 2005.
Although I think that an inter-league series would be amazing I think the only thing we'll ever get are pre-season friendly exhibitions. The USHL has nothing to gain and everything to lose by playing NAHL teams.
IMHO the 2 most important factors in scouting a player are 2 things that are not visible or readliy available to most scouts so they ignore them. Hockey IQ and heart are everything in building a championship team. Most players in the NAHL certainly have the heart to play at an elite level, the question is do they have the hockey IQ. Of course, there are many players in the USHL that also have very limited IQ's. The modern game is getting faster and more skilled so IQ is more important than ever. Players with vision and IQ will advance regardless if they play in the NAHL or USHL. I enjoy watching players in both leagues although I watch many more NAHL games so I am biased because I want the NAHL to go Tier 1 and I think the top teams could easily compete in the USHL.