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Old 07-17-2010, 09:45 PM
 
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I just finished reading Hockey Night in Dixie which is a really interesting book. Even if you aren't interested in minor league hockey in the South it still gives a good view of what minor league players think about their jobs. It raised two questions though. One, it seems like there aren't too many minor league teams in Canada, and they seem to fold or move as often as minor league teams in the US. Is that true? I thought Canadians would be more into hockey even at lower levels of play. Second, I thought the Junior Leagues were like the top level minor league (comparable to AAA baseball teams), but it seems like the players are actually kids still in high school who don't even get paid. Is that true?
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:54 AM
 
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There are minor leagues in Canada, they're called Senior Leagues.....they don't pay (or if they do, it's more like an apprerance fee).
That's how the goon league in Quebec took off, it was a senior league that didn't pay, un until a few years ago, when they techincally went professional. However, the salaries are low enough where most of the players work day jobs.
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Old 07-19-2010, 02:55 PM
 
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They have Junior A, Senior A, and some of the minor league AHL teams. I think people are more attached to the junior teams though. I think like 80% of Canadas population is with 100 miles of the US border. The kids food and board are paid for by local families. I think its called billets.
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Old 07-19-2010, 03:35 PM
 
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the Op was talking about minor league, not major junior. All Canadian hockey fans and 90% of the US fans know there's 16 to 21 year old junior hockey in Canada.
Answering the original ?, this is one example in Newfoundland.....

Avalon East Senior Hockey League
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:34 AM
 
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There are minor leagues in Canada, they're called Senior Leagues.....they don't pay (or if they do, it's more like an apprerance fee).
That's how the goon league in Quebec took off, it was a senior league that didn't pay, un until a few years ago, when they techincally went professional. However, the salaries are low enough where most of the players work day jobs.
They are semipro.
It seems that many former AHL players move back home to play the LNAH while they get a university degree or something.
Bobby Dollas played there for five years after his NHL career instead of playing in the AHL.
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