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Monday, June 25, 2007

Monday News

Neate Sager over at Out of Left Field should be running a guest column of mine today on the USHL and where they might be headed in the future. It will be interesting to see how it plays to a predominantly Canadian audience. UPDATE: Here's the column...

There's lots of stories out there about this weekend's draft, and the American impact. It's part of why Neate asked me to write the column...

Here's another article out of Fargo (use to get around the registration). It mentions the USHL getting up to 18 teams in the future. I'd like to think it would be prudent to take it one expansion team at a time, myself. That, and I capped the USHL at 16 teams in Neate's column...


Comments on "Monday News"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:41 PM, June 25, 2007) : 

Reading the article, the first comment to it was one that I have. What happens to NCAA eligibility if the USHL becomes Major Junior? That too is just a term. There is no reason that they can't be the "Major Junior" of the USA. My understanding is that the only difference is that the CHL players get cash payments which is why the NCAA says NO!! No need to change what the USHL kids get now, fully free hockey for whatever years is a good deal.


Blogger Marc Foster said ... (5:16 PM, June 25, 2007) : 

What I should have added is the presumption that all conditions and circumstances related to NCAA eligibility would remain the same...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:38 PM, June 25, 2007) : 

USA Hockey has a state philosophy, within Junior hockey, to preserve amateur standing.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:49 AM, June 26, 2007) : 

Maybe it is high time the NCAA takes another look at Canada's Major Junior Leagues. If the "stipend" is equal, all across the level of play, then it is not considered compensation. Say $250 a week for expenses. That would cover food, housing, basic needs. Nobody is getting rich off of $250 a week. If Canada reformed itself to that regulation, there is no reason to deny those players NCAA chances. That road would level the divide between the two playing routes. Many teams in Canada feel that the USHL gets to take advantage of the situation.

I like the idea of the Memorial Cup (umm, and Robertson Cup for that matter) getting a host city, but not an automatic host team. Allowing the USHL into the that Cup would be great for all entities.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:56 PM, June 26, 2007) : 

CHL players get housing and food paid via the team-to-billet families. CHL players THEN get paid over and above the billet fee that is paid from team to billet family.

That is compensation, however great or small. And they admit it as such (and I would guess some players are compensated to greater degrees than others).


Anonymous Mac D'amico said ... (3:43 PM, June 26, 2007) : 

marc, what happened to your IHL story? get threatened with a lawsuit?


Blogger Marc Foster said ... (3:45 PM, June 26, 2007) : 

Nope... I have re-written it and hope to have it posted later this week.


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