On Monday, August 17th, New York Islanders forward, CCM Hockey athlete and perennial All-Star John Tavares took over the Pure Hockey Twitter feed and spent 30 minutes interacting with fans and answering questions. Here's the transcript:
In the US, College Club Hockey – ACHA or independent – is a rapidly growing level. Programs are popping up all over to accommodate the increasing number of interested players, with some larger schools even having multiple club level teams. As the number of programs has grown, so has the awareness among players. ACHA hockey has become a great option for college players to continue playing competitively even if they aren’t quite up to the level of NCAA varsity hockey.
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