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Absolutely right. I'm always amazed at the lengths kids go to just to get to the D-1 stage and then to often go to a lesser academic school, struggle with sometimes remote or under supported programs, putting in the time and cost of junior hockey and then to arrive just to have it all swiped away as transfer deadlines are close or past. And then to read guys who belittle kids who bail on the dream to go to a great academic school and play club hockey...
And you're right. No one will call-out these programs and coaches for fear of losing access. :upside_down_face:
My only problem is that the NCAA puts collective rules over the players without the ability to collectively bargain. Give the players the same right to leave a team and maybe the coaches and programs would behave differently. Most of those kids didn't sign up to play for Borek and if he can get rid of them, they should have the freedome to leave without sitting out.
Sad time for College hockey and Merrimack college, I hope these players will be ok and will find other places to play. The people we should all be concerned about are those that chose to do this to players, and those who justify it in the media... if they are ok with doing that... I feel for them!
Players come and go. That's another huge advantage for NCAA. No one is around long enough to fight the system. By the time the Northwestern football lawsuit made it through the courts, many graduated and moved on with their lives. NCAA has a transient workforce that they can wait out and it works.
New recruits coming in over next few years are questionable DIII players let alone DI.