Both games seemed to be extremely close and I think that can show that the talent levels between the USHL and the Q are not the much different. Of course the Q fans and CHL fans will argue that the best players are away at prospects camp, but those teams have still been together for nearly a month and have played multiple games prior to the Junior Classic. Omaha and Indiana haven't been together very long, and they have a scrimmage game against each other under their belts. I see that as being on an even playing field.
Match stars (Omaha vs Quebec):
- OMA - Arnt, Ben
- QUE - Sauvé, Maxime
- OMA - Sacchetti, Nico
Match stars (Indiana vs Rimouski):
- RIM - Néron, Alexandre
- IND - Skjodt, Jake
- RIM - Cornet, Philippe
The fans will make a bigger deal out of this than should be, but it's still an accomplishment. We can just hope that there is some new found respect for the quality of our great league we love and support.
This is a great experience for everyone involved and like Mike Hastings said, the Q and Patrick Roy did not have to do this. I believe we should appreciate the Q for taking this chance when it wasn't necessary. I think it's great the Q was open to the idea and would love to see them make a trip down here next season.