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Networking

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Networking

Networking is basically the process of meeting the right people or establishing mutually beneficial relationships with other people.  Now, this is usually thought about more purposefully and often approached with intent in business, but I hope you know by now that hockey is also a business.  This means that all of the hockey people you know are in your network.  That includes those kids you played with in squirts, that kid or coach you met at that tryout camp, that coach you had for that summer team, or that dad you met watching the game in the hotel bar at...

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Why Grades Matter

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Why Grades Matter

If you’ve ever attended a junior hockey seminar, you’ve heard it said that grades are important.  You need a high enough GPA to pass NCAA Clearinghouse, to appeal to college scouts, and for scholarships, but that isn’t the only reason.  See, there aren’t enough athletic scholarships for a full roster of a Division I team, and if the coach has discretion on which athletes get the scholarships (many do), they are likely going to give the scholarships to those with the worst grades.   Now, I know that doesn’t make a lot of sense on the surface, but if an athlete...

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Big Boy Hockey

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Big Boy Hockey

In the last few years, most players who wanted to play junior hockey could find a spot, camp out there, and live the dream.  If you could pay, you could play. However, this year has proven to be much different, and next season will likely be more of the same.  There are many who need to adjust their mindset.  What I have to say isn’t likely to win me any friends, but it needs to be said.   You are not simply playing for the team you are on.  The second you sign a junior contract, you aren’t in youth hockey...

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The Squeeze

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The Squeeze

The season of “we have identified you as someone who might give us money if we tell you that you are the kind of hockey player we are looking for” emails has begun.  It is a double-edged sword because you can’t make a team without going to one or more of these camps, and many players need to attend more than one camp to find the right fit, yet no one wants to blow a ton of money on going to camps and combines every weekend, so the trick then becomes deciphering which opportunities are legit and which are just...

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Hockey is a Marathon

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Hockey is a Marathon

Development as a player is far more important than the status of the team, especially at the younger levels.  I see so many parents and players alike get caught up in their egos and worrying about being on the “best” team possible in terms of standings instead of worrying about playing time.  Players need to be on teams where they will see playing time.   I hear all kinds of excuses for it, too.  “Being on that higher team means more opportunities.”  Opportunities for what?  If you are sitting on the bench or in the stands as a healthy scratch, who...

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