There is another "report" circulating which originates South of the 49th parallel and takes aim at the Canadian Hockey League. The "report" focuses largely on the subject of education, not simply the scholarship issues but from a variety of view points including high school, grades, homework and study time.
The "report" is so blatantly skewed towards the pro-NCAA end of the spectrum that it's embarrassing. I would think that even smart NCAA proponents like Paul Kelly would read such a release and think "Um... I'm not sure this makes 'us' look all that good."
FAIL is an apt description.
The "report" contains gems about the CHL such as "players are not required to pass academic coursework while playing", "No billet, good or bad, is going to supervise a young adult's social and educational life like a parent will", "if you don't pass in school you can still play hockey", and a personal favorite of mine "Less games (in the NCAA) means more time for school".
Suffice to say that we'll be discussing this "report" on Tuesday's show and in the next little while I'll be speaking with a number of high profile CHL and people (coaches, GMs, league reps) to get their response to all the points the "report" brings up.
Mr. Kelly will also get a chance to chime in with his thoughts because it didn't come from him, College Hockey Inc. or the NCAA. I expect they'd have some concerns with what sort of PR issues this could cause them.
Anyone who listens to the show or follows us here on the blog knows that both Dean and I are proponents of BOTH the CHL and NCAA paths to professional hockey. We get defensive of both routes when they come under fire from critics. We have no agenda and that should be clear to anyone who is familiar with The Pipeline Show and the fact that, despite being in the middle of WHL territory, we still dedicate a segment every week to NCAA coverage during the season and playoffs.
Are we blind and suggesting that the CHL doesn't have any problems? Of course not.
However, when we see propaganda being circulated which is so blatantly one-sided we have to respond. And when we do tackle this particular release you won't want to miss it.
Oh and by the way, here is where you can find the "report" courtesy Bob Turow, Director of USHL Central Scouting and Recruiting. It's dated 2007 but I have contacted the league to see if Mr. Turow is still employed by them and if this release still accuratley reflects how he and they feel about the CHL.
A league representative replied:
"Bob left to pursue other interests, but remains a resource for us. He definitely stands by what is in this file and we support this also."Cue the responses from around the hockey world. Got an opinion? Then please share it here in our comments section!