Beginning research for an article, and I'm looking for some quick insights so I can start to forumulate some questions. Questions about USNTDP and junior hockey 1) Why was it started? 2) Who funds it? 3) Seems to me that the US Colleges benefit big time from the program, as it gives young US prospects a decent reason to stay in the US instead of going to the Canadian Juniors. Is that a fair assessment? 4) What kind of stipend do Canadian Junior Hockey players get from their teams? Do USNTDP kids get a stipend? 5) Is it true that Herb Brooks thought the program was a waste? 6) Is Mantha's departure a bad sign for the program? 7) How is the program regarded by colleges and the NHL? 8) I read something about agents collecting up to $10,000 to deliver a top prospect to a CHL team. Can that be correct? 9) Is the US program generally seen as improving? Staying the same? Getting worse. 10) Why should a US prospect play with the US team? 11 How often is the US program used as a bargainning chip for coaches and players trying to get a good CHL deal? Thanks for answering any of these questions. Either post here, or return by PM. Any help is greatly appreciated, and I'll be glad to share my work as it comes together.