Does leaving early translate to making the pros?

 

By Neil Sheehy

 

I am proud of the Minnesota hockey heritage and I strongly disagree with outsiders who come into Minnesota and tell Minnesota hockey players that they must leave the state in order to make it to the pros. Let’s look at the data when it comes to Minnesota players.

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The dreamers of dreams

 

By Neil Sheehy

Question: I am writing on behalf of my 11-year-old son who plays inline roller hockey and is a player of the Belgian national team. He will take part in the forthcoming world championship in Toulouse in July. Next season, he will start playing ice hockey and he dreams of becoming a NHL player. The only “problem” is he is not a Canadian or Swedish or anything like it. We live in Belgium where ice hockey remains quite marginal in terms of exposure. That said, he is devoted and passionate about the game. Would you have any advice for him in order to help him to achieve his goal and dream considering his background?

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Ask the agent: Do you need to leave early?

 

By Neil Sheehy

Question: Do Minnesota players need to leave Minnesota high school hockey early to better their chances of playing pro hockey?

Answer: Absolutely not!  In most cases Minnesota high school hockey players decrease their chances of playing pro hockey by leaving home before it is time and attempting to play Major Junior.

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Ask the agent: Best route to develop skills?

 

By Neil Sheehy

Question: I seem to be getting a lot of advice from agents, junior coaches, college coaches, pro scouts, etc., about the best route to develop my skills, who should I listen to? Can I play other sports in high school or should I just focus on one?

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