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Cummins' 'development' unhindered by ban

The NCAA's ban on fighting doesn't place players too far behind on the NHL's learning curve.

Updated: January 18, 2004, 11:51 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

So what of players who come up through U.S. college hockey, in which fighting isn't at least tacitly tolerated, as it is in the often rough-and-tumble world of major junior?

If they need to, they learn.

Jim Cummins is a native of the Detroit area and, unlike some U.S.-born prospects, didn't play major junior in the Canadian Hockey League.

Cummins played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Michigan State, where fighting carries prohibitive penalties, and then embarked on a career ...

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