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Anonymous (Login sniper9) from IP address 18.104.22.168
i am a langley rivermen season ticket holder, and i have been following them and their signings. i was wondering is there a limit to how many americans or imports? cause they have quite a full roster on the bchl website already, and most of them are listed from the US.
The Guy in Langley knows what he is doing. He knows that all locals and a losing team means Dad and Mom and grandparents in the crowd. Build a winning team and if that takes some locals so be it. Locals on a team are fine as long as they beat out all comers for the position.
If the Langley guy knows what he is doing......why do we have 3 Langley prospects playing in Surrey? Why not take local kids and build a team around them? If they are good enough to make Surrey's Roster...why are they not good enough to make Langley's. They are right in our backyard.
Its easy for watchingfromthestands to make a comment about 3 Langley prospects playing in Surrey. All these kids are "free agents". Just because they come from Langley does not mean they must try out for Langley. They can go and tryout with whomever they want. Obviously these three players chose Surrey over their home town. That happens a lot. Not all players want to play in their home town and elect to go to "greener" pastures.
I don't know if it happens a lot -- certainly it is frequent but the skill and quantity at this stage of the year seems interesting. Maybe it has to do with behind the scenes info/reputations and strategies? A lot of players make this decision late July after their home team has signalled that they will get only a glimpse of ice at camp -- lots of big name returnees or imports coming in. I count 9 new imports listed on Langley at the BCHL site. That recipe sure didn't hurt Penticton last year. No doubt Langley believes the more (imports) the merrier, but i don't know if that equals wins in stats or at the gate.
The Henderson's three Sports Camps in Vancouver, Las Vegas and Chicago are highly regarded as being amongst the top camps for recruiting junior teams across North America. It only makes sense that the Henderson's would also be recruiting players for their own team, the Rivermen.
The rules in the MHL allow for a team to dress up to 9 imports for any
game. A team is not allowed to sign more than two - 20 year old imports
in any season. The biggest difference between the MHL and the BCHL is
that if a player is an import - he is always an import - no matter if he
plays for your team for 4 or 5 years.
This severely limits us at the Royal Bank Cup - when some BCHL teams have
between 10 - 15 current or former imports - as has been the case in recent
seasons. I do not begrudge the BCHL in the least for their rules. To each -
his own. Leagues need to do what works best for them in order to survive.
We in the MHL just found that in order to maintain a bit of parity, that
we could not allow an open end on imports. Even so, there are still the
"have teams" - and the "have nots".
The one thing that has helped us in ways other than at the Royal Bank Cup
competition is that it has opened up the doors for a lot of our own players.
We also have a yearly Territorial Draft, where each team is allowed to select
up to two players who played Major Bantam hockey in the team's official
local minor hockey system. If a team wishes not to use those picks, they
are given an extra selection or two (whatever the case may be) at the end
of the 3rd and 4th rounds of the regular Draft.
The downside to selecting these "territorial" players, of course, is that
they are often the very players who end up going to Major Junior, and the
hope then becomes that they return to play their final season of Junior
eligibility for your team. In short - it is a crap shoot - but - the positive
is that you do have the option to select the guy who is especially small -
or who might choose the NCAA route.