If a player commits to a college, then is drafted by an NHL team, and the NHL team wants that player to play in the CHL because of developmental reasons, why wouldn't the kid play in the CHL. And by the way, some kids play NCAA and turn 18 after they enroll in school and after the season starts, so that system is flawed. Both paths have their disadvantages and advantages, so I don't know why people get so heated about it. But apparently every junior hockey system in North America needs a complete overhaul according to this site.
The college system of one year scholarships absolutely needs overhaul. So does the system of coaches making wholesale changes both at mid-season and season's end.
The intent of attending college is to get an education not padding a coach's won-loss record.
If scholarships were 4 year contracts with penalties for early withdrawal, then maybe the high end kids would think more seriously about school and make more room for kids who want to stay in school.
What ever happened to capitalism?
$200,000 or $0 ???
99.9% of people would take the $200K.
I am not just talking about hockey here. Basketball tries to nab high school freshmen with verbal commitments. The practice is insane.
Take a look at the University of Kentucky's basketball team. Most of those kids are not there for an education and they are not staying for four years. In reality, they're are little more than the hired help.
Back to hockey, if a player signs on the dotted line to play college hockey, than that is it, he is at that school for the duration of his agreement with the school.
One of the biggest problems with our society is lack of consequences for breaking commitments.
When I talk about overhauling the player identification and selection process for junior hockey, I consider all the players that can't afford to get on the try-out train where they go from the USHL camps to the select camps to the NAHL camps to the showcase events... the costs are insane and it should not be that way.
There is no way that the system is effectively evaluating all the talent because not everybody can afford to take part in the money-grab. There are some exception players that fall through the cracks because they simply can't afford the costs to take part.
I am hearing stories about families that have had to take out second and third mortgages on their homes in order for their child(ren) to be a part of the developmental system. $10,000+ a year in some cases after paying the fee, travel, food, and equipment.
If we are not careful, hockey is going to price itself right out of contention at the international level.
I definitely agree with you, hockey is getting very expensive and as of now i will never be able to play juniors at any level. which is very disappointing because its a dream but its unrealistic with the costs of everything
Could it be that the alleged $200,000 payout is merely an education package worth that sum that only kicks in if the player does not play a single game of pro? Yes, it could be.
Kitchener Rangers sue student newspaper
Jets draft pick Trouba at centre of story
First posted: Monday, July 09, 2012 09:25 PM EDT
First-round draft pick Jacob Trouba takes part in a drill at the Jets' development camp Monday. (SEBATIEN PERTH/QMI Agency)
The Kitchener Rangers of the OHL have taken legal action against a University of Michigan student newspaper and one of its reporters for publishing a story that alleged the team offered defenceman Jacob Trouba $200,000 to play for it.
A story that appeared in The Michigan Daily last week alleged that the Rangers tried to coax Trouba, a first-round draft pick of the Winnipeg Jets last month, out of a deal to play for the Michigan Wolverines.
The Rangers have now sued the newspaper and reporter Matt Slovin, according to the Waterloo Region Record.
"It's not a threat anymore," Rangers chief operating officer Steve Bienkowski told the Record Monday. "We served the newspaper and the writer there to either back it up or retract it."
The Rangers drafted Trouba two years ago but he declined to play, opting for the U.S. National Team Development Program instead. He has committed to Michigan but will lose his NCAA eligibility if he signs with the Jets.
We served the newspaper and the writer there to either back it up or retract it."
Really? This is going to be interesting to follow. Will the writer burn the source? I certainly hope not. I also don't eel that the paper is going to back down either. I wonder how far the University of Michigan is going go in defending the paper and writer.
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