There has been much discussion about whether or not the Central Hockey League is a "developmental league," since teams can manipulate the rules so that they have up to eight veteran players on their rosters.
However, the following bodes well for the CHL's developmental model:
There are 64 CHL players participating in American Hockey League training camps, a record for the CHL.
The most represented CHL team in the higher-level AHL: The Allen Americans, who are an affiliate of the Dallas Stars, with 14 players.
The Komets have five players in AHL camps.
"We are extremely proud of the caliber of player that calls the Central Hockey League home," said Duane Lewis, CHL commissioner. "We take great pride in the on-ice product that entertains our fans and are confident that the AHL will continue to see the quality of player in the CHL further strengthening our loan agreements and affiliations."
Click here to see the complete list of players in camps.
- I am still working on it, but I've been updating the suggested reading list on the left rail of Ice Chips -- click here -- and it should ease your surfing as you look for news around the CHL.
- You may want to bookmark this page, which has the key elements of the recently ratified Collective Bargaining Agreement between the CHL and the players' association.
- You are going to want to listen to the interview with Komets coach Al Sims from the latest edition of "We've Got Game. " It starts at about the 13-minute mark. Use the radio button on the top right of this post. We had a little technical difficulty earlier in the show, but we eventually hammer it out. The interview should sound fine, though.