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The USPHL is mandating the same "pathway of development" that the NAHL/NA3HL does with their new drafting requirements of USPHL Premier players. IMO, I don't have any issue with those policies. Sure, it might be a phony mandate but it gives that player a shot, at least a look, and maybe they can make something out of it and stick on the big club's roster. Now, using those numbers to market "advancement", that's BS.
A couple of years ago it was at least $8,000. Spend the money on education. If they play NA3HL, they are likely not going to play college. I'm sure there are exceptions, but not many.
As with everything else in hockey you have to look at the program and not the league. There are excellent programs in the NA3HL and in the USPHL Premier and in the EHL that move players on to the next level, whether that is the NCDC, NAHL or NCAA D3. There are also garbage programs in each of those leagues that are no better than JV HS hockey. Do your homework and make sure your player goes to the right program.
couple of good teams, the rest are not. framingham likes to recruit from there, enough said.
Check out Knights roster. Nough said. Really bad hockey.