I agree congrats to RMU Peoria. They are definately a good team. And have great coaching. Marquette played well, especially their goalie who kept them in it late. It was one of the best hockey games I've seen at any level in a couple of years.
It's obvious that players from RMU are getting something more than a few bucks as a grant to play. Some of their players are 28-29 years old and have been around Peoria for years. One parent told me that they pay less for their kid to attend RMU than they did the two year community college since their son receives "leadership grants" for playing hockey.
Look at the roster. Do you really believe kids are coming from CA or Canada to Peoria to get a degree at RMU Peoria. But I don't blame them. If someone told me I could play hockey for free, equipment and costs paid for, and go to school for almost nothing and at the end of a couple of years (they are on an accelerated program schedule) get a degree in whatever why wouldn't I take it.
RMU Peoria, for some reason, has decided having the top team in club hockey is worth the money they give to kids. It's their money. It creates an unlevel playing field but it is what it is. And in the end what matters is what you do after club hockey. A RMU degree is fine for those that want it and others who picked their school for reasons other than hockey, and are playing hockey for the fun of competition, will be glad they did when the time for real life rolls around.
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