The reason why the OHL or the rest of the CHL will never comply with NCAA rules is simple. Its not all about players getting paid at all. Its the fact the league allows players with NHL contracts (Connor Murphy, Jonathan Miller are examples of players that have signed NHL deals) to play in the league.
I think NCAA players get a small per diem for road games for food but don't quote me.
Do you think the CHL is going change that and the money they receive from the NHL with their agreement between the two parties? I know the agreement runs out this summer but you got to expect a new one will be reached.
Theres a reason why the USHL will never have players under NHL contract because if that would happen the entire team that player plays on becomes would become ineligible. The USHL will never want to kill their pipeline to the NCAA.
Things were so much simpler, back in 'the best of times'. Saturday afternoons at MLG watching the double-headers - one Toronto Marlies game and one St. Michaels game. And the no-double-header days when they played each other. I was pretty young back then, but what better way to become a lifelong Junior hockey fan!? Although I didn't recognize the impact of what I was seeing then, I'm sure the NHL Hall of Fame is packed with guys we saw in those days. There is a lot to be said for the 'simpler way'.
To answer your question, yes, a typical first-rounder would get a much-better education package than a typical 10th-rounder. Example, I know of a kid from Sault Ste. Marie who was a 7th-rounder and his education package consists of partial tuition and no books.
Why not? Especially if D1, NCAA is a longshot option. Besides, there are late-round picks who not only went on to star in the OHL but play in the NHL. Then there are undrafted players who made the OHL and the NHL. Two former Soo Greyhounds come to mind. One, left winger Denny Lambert, made the OHL as an undrafted walk-on and then played in 500 NHL games as an undrafted walk-on. Another, Steve Sullivan, made the OHL as a walk-on and had a 50-goal season. Today, at age 37, Sullivan is still playing in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins after being a ninth-round pick of the New Jersey Devils in 1994. Playoffs included, Sullivan has now played in almost 1,000 NHL games...and counting.
Stephen: Every OHL player I ever met thought they would make the NHL.. kids in Ontario go to games wide-eyed and in wonder to go see an OHL game.. in many cities, the OHL team is the biggest thing going in the town.. it's an honor up there to play in that league, and everyone knows what kind of players that league has produced over the years..