This story has given me several areas of personal debate. First and foremost being should I include this on this blog. I have decided that it can and potentially does impact Scouting Ohio High School Hockey. It opens a seemingly endless can of worms related to hockey, that changes directions faster than rabbit being chased by a bobcat.
Simon Fraser University (SFU), pictured above, is located in the eternally beautiful British Columbia. SFU is the first ever, international institution to receive NCAA status and the ability to compete in DII, for all NCAA titles. SFU's entrance is a pilot program, but clearly we all know the NCAA is a business. While operating under the guise of protecting amateur status and the athletes, has elected to pursue political issues and matters of personal choice. So with out beating that dead horse to much, we can only ask, Why have'nt College athletes formed a players union? A players union to protect their interest from the NCAA and University establishments.
All of the above is of course pending SFU finding or having the funding to pursue NCAA d1 hockey. Or entering in to the last stated thought of some how merging with a CHL club. Having been admitted as D2 they are prohibited from playing d3 and must then petition for D1. They have a 2,000 seat facility, which is in the smalle end of NCAA rinks, and is a troubling. Troubling until you look at the landscape and see the 15,000 seat Pacific Colosseum down the street.
We then enter the concept of watering down the sport. A very real and potential issue. We see the ramifications all the time with the perpetual state of flux in Jr hockey. To many teams, to many played lacking real skill, and then the loss of teams. The mentioned melding of CHL and NCAA hockey in Canada has potential. Potential only if the right people can continue to profit as they have. Potential in that the Canadian, US hockey rivalry is hot, Fun and booming. This coupled with noted talks of expansion in the soon to be established B10 hockey conference in both womens and mens circles is very positive. Any expansion creates opportunity for the Ohio player.