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Scouting / Recruiting

2017

10 Things NCAA Programs Look for in a Recruit

By  Jamie McKinven   Most of the misconceptions in junior hockey today revolve around what NCAA programs look for in a recruit.  Having coached at the Tier II Junior ‘A’ level, I’ve heard them all.  I’ve had kids I’ve coached…

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2017

What Scouts are looking for in a player.

   Kyle Woodlief, special to USA TODAY   How do scouts grade prospects? When scouts look at young players, there are many different facets to be considered when determining each prospect’s relative merits and making final evaluations. There are at…

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2017

4 Men’s College Hockey Coaches Discuss What Qualities They Want in a Recruit

  By Steve O’Brien   AT GCA, we have asked hundreds of Men’s College Hockey Coaches this question: Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete? We have received a range of thoughtful and relevant responses from…

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2017

The Goal Scorer

Austin Ortega by Leo Adam Biga Photography by Bill Sitzmann   How did a smallish soccer-playing Hispanic kid from sun-drenched Escondido, California, end up an ice hockey star in Nebraska? Although his profile does not fit the stereotypical hockey player,…

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2017

The Rise of “De-Commitments” in NCAA Hockey Recruiting

  From The Neutral Zone Web Site . Posted on April 14, 2017     Words themselves can take on different meanings, it’s the context that gives the word its place. The term “commitment” can be an obligation; I can’t…

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2017

NHLPA considering restricting agents from contacting players under 16

By Rick Westhead Sean Day, The Canadian Press   The NHL Players’ Association is considering introducing a new regulation that would bar certified agents from contacting players under the age of 16 or their family members. The possible regulation has…

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2017

Body Language and Recruiting

    Over the years, as I have spoken to various coaches, and I have discussed players with them, I am often reminded of the aspects of a player’s game that has nothing to do with their playing skills. Recently,…

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2017

Talent gets you noticed, character gets you recruited

  written by James Leath   “He is going to be shocked we no longer want him.” “Come again?” I asked the college assistant coach seated across from me at lunch. “You flew across the country to meet him, and…

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2017

‘It never stops’: Life as a head coach in college hockey

On the tail end of his team’s first full NCAA season, ASU hockey head coach Greg Powers describes his job’s demands Photo by Celisse Jones | The State Press Greg Powers, head coach of ASU’s NCAA Division I Hockey program,…

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2017

Can you guess the one thing that most elite athletes have in common?

by John O’Sullivan     In January, my e-mail and social media accounts lit up with a simple image first shared with me on Twitter by @ohiovarsity. It’s amazing because the image portrays something that is widely known among experts, widely…

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