And to be specific, they have 7 Canadians and 2 Russians playing club hockey in Virginia on their D1 ACHA team, not your typical college club hockey team?
C. A student-athlete who was rostered by a CHL program shall be restricted by the additional following ACHA eligibility policy rules:
Players rostered on a CHL team in the season during which they turn 18 years of age on or before September 15 are ineligible to compete in the ACHA.
Players rostered on a CHL team in the season during which they turn 17 years of age on or before September 15 are subject to the ACHA CHL Residency Rule. (see rule below)
Players rostered on a CHL team in the season during which they do not yet turn 17 years of age on or before September 15 are not subject to the ACHA CHL Residency Rule.
* CHL Residency Rule: Residency is defined as 365 days from enrollment at the prospective team's university. Student-athlete must also be enrolled and taking the minimum credit requirement as defined by their ACHA division.
Can't believe I wasted the time looking but according to the Liberty ACHA D1 teams Elite Prospects page there are no former CHL players, mostly former Tier 2 and USPHL guys. You see, if you took the 2 seconds to look it up on Google instead of spouting off about something you don't know about you'd find that the only CHL guys who are allowed to play D1 Club played as 16 or 17 year olds and even then they have to sit out a year while attending the school. Now ask yourself how many kids who are good enough to make a CHL roster as a 16 or 17 year old are going to pay to play freaking club hockey and redshirt a year for the privilege at that in the U.S.? I'm sure it has happened here and there but it's far from common. Now on the other hand what the D1 ACHA teams are full of is former AAA and AA kids and Tier 3 Junior kids (and occasional Tier 2 Junior kids) located in areas where there is not a lot of NCAA D3 teams.
Son left USHL to play club, did he beat a rule?
*Break a rule?
The USHL isn't Major Junior or CHL so no, he didn't break a rule. Also it's not exactly rare for depth guys in the USHL to go to top ACHA D1 programs, in fact Penn State when they were Club or Ohio University to name two had lots of them.