posted on February 27, 2017 at 11:23 AM
Pay-to-play Junior hockey has become much maligned in the past few years due to over expansion of leagues and teams, and an overall drifting from its or
iginal purpose of advancing players to a higher level of play.
Regardless of recent image issues, the facts prove Junior hockey has become -- far and away -- the main feeder system for NCAA college hockey over the past 20 years.
The Eastern Hockey League accounts for 28% of all NCAA Tier II/III freshman with 140 direct to college advancements. Let that sink in for a minute ... more than one in every four NCAA freshmen at the Division II and III levels played in the EHL last year.
With 140 direct-to-college advancements at the NCAA Division II and III levels the EHL more than doubles the next closest competitor. The USPHL Premier Division ranks second with 63 advancements and the Tier II North American Hockey League is third at 60.
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