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Talking Canadian Players In US Colleges

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Ex-Whaler goalie and longtime broadcaster Greg Millen, now 53, believes that US college scholarship opportunities will be drying up for Canadian players.

In Millen’s view, because the US is developing top talent from nontraditional hockey areas (e.g. California, Texas), more of those kids will snag American scholarships. Ergo, more Yanks, fewer Canadians.

The good news, said Millen: better homegrown talent available for Canadian universities, in turn providing a boost to that system.

Millen could prove prescient, but according to Paul Kelly, head of Newton-based College Hockey Inc., there is no indication at the moment that Division 1 US colleges have sated their desire to stock rosters with the best Canadian boys.

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Primis's avatar

Millen’s theory would be great if not for the fact that there are continuing to be more and more US collegiate programs.  Thus, there will continue to be room for top foreign talent.  As the US talent pool grows, so do the number of programs.

Penn State is coming into the D1 picture soon, and there are numerous others who are slowly going to follow suit.  There are 58 D1 programs this year, and as that number grows, scholarship numbers will follow as well.

Liberty University currently competes at the club level in *all five* ACHA divisions with the intent on them moving up to eventually a D1 program, just as another example.

Paul Kelly has stated in the past that trying to get some true west coast D1 programs is important and a goal he wants to help accomplish.  Schools on the west coast had hockey programs in the early half of the 20th century, but most of them died out for a variety of reasons.  And with more California kids playing the game and moving up the ladders, you know many of them would like to play close to home.  It’s going to happen at some point.  Hockey is the 3rd-leading revenue generator of US collegiate sports, behind football and basketball.  When they wake up to that, schools won’t be able to say no…

Posted by Primis on 01/09/11 at 12:48 PM ET

PDXWing's avatar

Good points, Primis.  The NCAA’s eligibility rules are a major advantage for teams looking to draft players who still need time to grow - I think that’s why the Wings have started looking to college players (since they are almost drawing in the later rounds) - they can hold on to them for 4 years and see if their play catches up with their potential. I’d be interested to see the percentage of players in recent drafts who have been NCAA.  Do Canadian universities have the same benefit?

Posted by PDXWing on 01/09/11 at 02:52 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Unbelievably, UNLV has a Men’s Hockey Program.


Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 01/09/11 at 06:08 PM ET

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