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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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Nowhere to Run

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Nowhere to Run

We are well into the thick of this crazy season, and some folks are seemingly getting a bit restless.  It’s one thing to hear there will be a few extra guys on the roster, but it is another to live it.  For those players not seeing much game time, or none at all it starts to mess with their heads. They start thinking that they deserve more playing time than they are getting.  Then they start embellishing stories to their parents about how awful things are saying things like the coach hates them or their teammates hate them or how...

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Transition Year

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Transition Year

Despite what was showing on the outside, I think a lot of folks were hopelessly optimistic in 2020 until they found out it was too late.  Most of us assumed it was all temporary, we thought we would just take a small hit, tighten the belt a little, and then recovery would happen naturally, but that isn’t what happened.  We saw teams fold, camps and events get cancelled, seasons start and stop, and prices increase, many times at the last possible minute because those in charge were holding out hope for as long as possible that things would just work...

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Opportunity

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Opportunity

Back in March, we all thought, or at least hoped, this would be over quickly.  “Beware the Ides of March” is the saying, after all.  There is no saying predicting calamitous misfortune for any other month, so surely this would be only a brief pause.  Yet here we are in December wondering when this will end.   Nothing can be taken for granted anymore. It has forced us to change the way we do almost everything.  We have had to find ways to do things that were previously thought impossible, or at least we stopped doing things the same way they...

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