Perhaps we can consider this a win for the NCAA in their ongoing, never-ending squabble with the Canadian Hockey League and the entire idea of the Major Junior route to professional hockey.
Of the 12 players attending collective bargaining sessions with at league headquarters in Manhattan today, nine are college educated and just two took the CHL route. Four of those nine went to Ivy League schools, and some of the others went to some pretty decent schools themselves. A list:
- Kevin Westgarth, Kings forward from Princeton
- Kevin Shattenkirk, Blues defenseman from Boston University
- Craig Adams, Penguins forward from Harvard
- Nick Bonino, Ducks forward from Boston University
- Alex Goligoski, Stars defenseman from Minnesota
- Ron Hainsey, Jets defenseman from UMass-Lowell
- Mike Komisarek, Leafs defenseman from Michigan
- Douglas Murray, Sharks defenseman from Cornell
- George Parros, Panthers forward from Princeton
Lightning forward B.J. Crombeen and Senators defenseman Chris Phillips are the only two members of the delegation that played Major Junior hockey. Crombeen played for the OHL's Barrie Colts and Phillips played for both Prince Albert and Lethbridge in the WHL.
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