Future Considerations

USA Hockey Evaluation Camp CHL Heavy
June 10, 2011, 2:00 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

That alleged bias of USA Hockey against American-born Canadian Hockey Leaguers?

Throw the idea out the window.

Headlined by Medicine Hat Tiger and Anaheim Ducks prospect Emerson Etem, a total of 11 CHL players were invited to USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp Thursday. In all, 40 players were invited to the Lake Placid audition for the 2012 World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Calgary this December.

According to Chris Peters of The United States of Hockey and former public relations staffer for USA Hockey, any talk of an anti-CHL bias is preposterous.

“Going back to when I worked at USA Hockey, few things frustrated me more about the U.S. National Junior Team than the perceived bias against CHL players,” Peters said. “I think people confuse bias with familiarity. Before, the U.S. staff was certainly more familiar with kids that played college hockey, because they coached them or coached against them. I don’t think there are any legs to the apparent bias against the CHL. There was never a time when I worked there where a coach or anyone else on staff said, ‘This kid plays in the CHL, so we’re not taking him’.” Continue reading

Morin AHL Approved
September 15, 2010, 2:36 pm
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From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

Ask and ye shall receive.

Canadian Hockey League president David Branch asked the NHL for clarification on Chicago Blackhawks prospect Jeremy Morin and his ability to play in the American Hockey League this season.

The verdict? The 19-year-old Morin is AHL eligible.

Branch’s CHL has an agreement with the NHL stating players drafted out of one of the three junior leagues can only play minor pro if they are 20 years old by Dec. 31 or have played in the CHL for four seasons.

The argument in favour of Morin? He wasn’t drafted from a CHL team. Continue reading

Be Careful Branch, CHL Could Lose More Than Morin
August 30, 2010, 11:08 pm
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By Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

The Chicago Blackhawks intend to put 19-year-old prospect Jeremy Morin with their American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.

Canadian Hockey League president David Branch intends to keep that from happening.

After seeing London Knights standout blueliner John Carlson leave the OHL for the Hershey Bears of the AHL last season, the Kitchener Rangers face a similar fate with their second-leading scorer in Morin.

That is, unless the the CHL and Branch has its way.

Normally, an 18 or 19-year-old player from the CHL had but two options: play another year of junior or play in the NHL. That wasn’t the case with Carlson, though, who was 19 when he left the Knights to join the Bears. The (non)argument at the time was that since Carlson was actually drafted out of the USHL, the CHL rule didn’t apply to him. Morin, drafted from the US National Under-18 team, is expecting a similar fate. Continue reading