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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Thursday News

USHL expands to your computer and handheld by televising live games through broadband connections (for a fee). The Central Hockey League has had CHLTV for a couple years now, and it's nice to see this filter down to the juniors. If I were an NCAA/NHL scout, would I pay for this? You bet! Of course, if other leagues (*coughcoughNAHLcoughcough*) picked up on this, it would kill the contention that NCAA scouts prefer the USHL in part due to its proximity.

Sioux City releases schedule, curtains off upper deck of Gateway Arena to create a better atmosphere.

Sioux Fall Stampede goalie John Murray shuns NCAA, signs with Kitchener Rangers...

NAHL Rookie of the Year Eric Kattelus (Bismarck) signs with Michigan Tech...

Latest SJHL NCAA DI/DIII signings...

Comments on "Thursday News"

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:03 PM, June 24, 2006) : 

Marc I love your blog and what you do for junior hockey, which is to follow it with a passion. However, the NAHL/USHL debate needs to end. Ask any player who has played in both which one is better and has more high end talent and 99% percent will say the USHL. The NAHL is a fine league, with many fine players, and I have followed, scouted, recruited, and been friends with many players in that league, and have nothing personal against it. There just really is no comparison to the 2 if you watch extensive amounts of both leagues. Sure, the Tier I rules are seldom followed, but the ones speaking to the quality of play are certainly there.

In the words of a former defenseman in both leagues: "I went to look up 'gong show' in Webster's the other day and it said 'turn to 'NAHL' on page 678.'"

 

Blogger Marc Foster said ... (11:05 PM, June 25, 2006) : 

You have no idea how much respect I have for the USHL and the new directions they are taking. I was just making an observation and a suggestion based on the USHL's latest innovation (for US juniors, at least).

 

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