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Scouting / Recruiting

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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2017

More NHL prospects are electing to play in college

By Steven Goldstein, Chicago Tribune Why are more hockey prospects opting for college instead of major junior hockey? Michigan’s Tyler Motte — a fourth-round pick of the Blackhawks in 2013 — tries to score on Michigan State in the second…

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2017

Inside College Hockey’s Fierce Recruiting War

By: Ryan Kennedy   Competition in the college ranks begins long before teams hit the ice. The initial battles are fought in the increasingly-competitive recruiting war. There has never been a more competitive time to attract talent in the NCAA….

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2017

Stop early college recruiting 

By Josh Levine Let’s Play Hockey It’s time to stop the race to recruit earlier and earlier, and fix the college recruitment process. The current situation is unnecessarily hurting athletes and increasing the workload for college coaches. As colleges commit…

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