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Osorojo
09-10-2012, 09:42 AM
An NHL lockout looks like a very good bet. NHL players who don't need to clear waivers to go to the minors can go to the AHL. Locked-out NHL talent will likely contract with minor league teams here and abroad to pay the bills and keep in shape. This will greatly restrict the upward mobility of players entering professional hockey, including early departures from college hockey. It seems a lockout will raise the level of competition in college hockey, but unfortunately another lockout will also damage the reputation of hockey in general and alienate the fans . . . but some NHL fans may transfer their attention and viewership to college hockey.
The net effect upon college hockey of the "trickle down" from another NHL lockout is not easy to determine, but a lockout will definitely have a significant impact upon college hockey both now and in the future. Would another NHL lockout be a boon or a bane for college hockey?

KnightsOfTheRound
09-10-2012, 09:44 AM
but some NHL fans may transfer their attention and viewership to college hockey

i doubt it. hockey fandom isn't a zero sum game. increased or decreased viewership of pro-hockey doesn't necessarily mean anything for viewership of college hockey. increased viewership of pro-hockey is, if anything, probably good for college hockey


Would another NHL lockout be a boon or a bane for college hockey?

an NHL lockout would be bad for hockey, and thus bad for college hockey. my two cents

Biddco
09-10-2012, 09:55 AM
No.

ScoobyDoo
09-10-2012, 09:56 AM
No.

This.

ExileOnDaytonStreet
09-10-2012, 10:04 AM
This is how college hockey programs look at a potential (repeat of the) lock out:

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SanTropez
09-10-2012, 10:11 AM
A Would another NHL lockout be a boon or a bane for college hockey?

I think if they were locked out in April still (after the College season) with no sign of returning, then and only then would it benefit College Hockey. Players would probably return for their Senior (or any class) seasons instead of bolting. The talent level would then be deeper for a short while, until the NHL started up again and the players start leaving early again.