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Must-click link: Explaining the NCAA-CHL battle for players

Aug 31, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

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If you’re unaware of the ongoing feud between the NCAA, specifically College Hockey Inc., and the Canadian Hockey League, The Sporting News’ Craig Custance breaks everything down for you easily in his piece discussing the ugly battle between the organizations to bring in the best young hockey talent in North America.

While both sides of the battle dig in and engage in their own sort of turf war and mudslinging campaign to prove that their group is the best one for a young, hopeful NHL talent, the NHL stands on the sidelines watching it all unfold carefully while their own Collective Bargaining Agreement may be the thing helping make this feud all the more difficult.

With the salary cap being what it is and teams needing to continue developing their own talent, more and more young players are getting the call to fill out the organizational ranks. That means more kids sign on and turn pro which means college hockey takes a hit with each kid that jumps to the pros early as the NCAA is a strictly amateur organization. Once you start getting paid to play, you’re done in college. Such is not the case in the CHL and a big reason why more kids are winding up there rather than sticking to NCAA commitments among other reasons.

Just how ugly and awkward is it though? Custance details things from both sides hearing from College Hockey Inc.’s Paul Kelly and CHL commissioner David Branch among others. If you want to know more of what the deal in the amateur ranks, consider this your Cliffs Notes.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 31, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    The CHL is the superior league and based on that article it seems the kids playing in Canada are not limited in their education options. The NCAA is just mad (understandably) that they are losing their best players to the better league. But as long as the CHL is the better “road to The Show” the best players will continue to play here. As long as those allegations of under-the-table payments are just that I see no problem with the top players making a choice they feel will best help them fulfill their dreams

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