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Strategic Decisions

2017

Why College Hockey?

By Mr. G For more than 100 years, college hockey has been a breeding ground for outstanding hockey players and people. Today college hockey players make a bigger impact in the NHL than they ever have, with more than 30%…

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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

College Credit

NHL teams rely more and more on NCAA alumni By Chris Peters Carl Hagelin was one of 13 former NCAA players to get their name on the Stanley Cup with the 2016 Penguins.   When the Pittsburgh Penguins skated the…

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2017

A Hockey Family

    By Emily Iannaconi From lift, to practice, to meetings, to games, student-athletes are hardly ever without their teammates. Senior assistant hockey captain Mike Barrett does not mind though because his teammates are also his best friends. “You never…

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2017

Leaving home to pursue hockey tough on families

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Jonathan Toews still remembers the conversation with his mother well. Just a few weeks after leaving home at the age of 15 to attend school and play hockey at prestigious Shattuck St. Mary’s in Minneapolis,…

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2017

College hockey’s impact on NHL continues to grow

  by Mike G. Morreale / NHL.com, June 25th, 2015     FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — There’s an underlying theme to college hockey players becoming a more attractive option in recent years for NHL scouts and general managers. New Jersey…

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2017

The psychology of choosing fourth line forwards

  by Justin Bourne   Recently, I wrote a post titled “From Prospect to Project: The thin line, and why some guys make the show and others don’t.” It looked at the reasons some junior and college hockey studs fall…

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2016

21-Year Old Rule

  It is getting to that time year when many hockey players make serious errors that can limit their future options for playing NCAA college hockey. One of the mistakes that many players. who are finishing up their last  year…

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2016

NCAA vs. major junior: big choices face teenaged talent early

By: Ryan Kennedy Detroit’s Brendan Smith hails from Toronto but played NCAA hockey (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News Both circuits are great at producing NHL talent, but they are also in direct competition for…

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2016

The Pros And Pitfalls Of Playing Up

Development Experts Urge Players And Parents To Avoid The Rush And Enjoy The Process By: Brian Lester It can be easy for parents to push the envelope with their children when it comes to youth sports. They believe their child…

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