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And Another Thing


Age is just a number

Especially, it would seem, in the Central Hockey League.

Lots of chatter these days over on Justin Cohn's blog Ice Chips about what's wrong with the Fort Wayne Komets, who are off to their worst start (2-6-1) in 16 years. Expected to be one of the top teams in the CHL, they're now dead last in the 18-team league.

You can find Justin's dead-on analysis of why here. You can also find a lot of back-and-forth among his readers about how the CHL is a younger league and the Komets need to offload all these veterans and bring in some younger talent.

In a word: Nonsense.

The secret to success in the CHL is not to get younger. Because from what I've seen so far, the notion that the CHL is a league far more stocked with young prospects than the old IHL is the biggest myth walking.

Here, for instance, is the age breakdown for the Colorado Eagles, currently the top team in the CHL:

Their oldest player is 33. Their youngest is 23. They have three players who are in their 30s; 20 players on their roster are 25 or older. A dozen are 27 or older.

And the Komets?

Guy Dupuis is the oldest player on the roster at 40. Steven Delisle is the youngest at 20. Five of their players are 23 or younger; 12 are 25 or older; only six are 27 or older.

So to sum up: The best team in the league is actually older top to bottom than the Komets.

Another theory debunked.

Ben Smith's blog.