Thats prgress for you , this can only improve the lower league talent in the the uk , more opertunities for nearly there young hopefulls will find themnselves enrolled for Elite League ice hockey , this will bring them on faster if they get the ice time . as for the brits going abroad some will get home sick or would just not fit in , I can see one or two retrurning midway through the season so watch out for skilled brits returning and getting snapped up , we have to be on the ball with this and in front of other clubs in info about returning brits . I am sure shaggy is happy that the opertunities for some of the lions will now open up , some of those lions will find their way onto other teams benches , as i am sure they will be scouted by other Elite teams . and all this is good for GB as the depth of players available will increase , and also those GBs playing abroad will gain more experience playing against other european players that also play in their respective national side's . so look at this as an opertunity rather than a down grading of Brit talent in our league . the next best thing that could happen in GB hockey is a two tier league with relagation and promotion etc .