Posted by James on 11th February 2004 at 19:45 GMT
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9. Send resumes to clubs.
8. Send resumes to clubs when you have only played Tier 2 junior or High School hockey.
7. Think that European hockey is all one entity. Each country has its' own league, level, pay structure, import restrictions etc.
6. Think that because you are Canadian every club is going to come running with a pen in their hand for you to sign with them.
5. Think that Major Junior is a high level of hockey. Major Junior is a great developer of NHL players BUT in the entire hockey world, the level of play isn't nearly as good as top European Leagues. Great that you played there but don't demand respect because of it. Remember you still haven't earned 1 cent playing hockey yet.
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3. Let agents do all the work for you. Some great agents, more bad ones(especially in Europe). Many will want you to sign with them and then you are 1 of 100 players. They can help, but do your homework and don't let them take commission if you find a team on your own. Also, ask if they "double dip" (take commission from the players and the teams)and if they only work with certain teams.
2. Spend time telling people about your stats and some remote championship you won. Who cares if you had 14 goals and 34 assists but got injured near the end of the year during your 3rd year of Tier 2---but you know I am fit for the big ice and I want a chance to prove myself. Do you really think posting this crap or e-mailing this crap is going to get you a contract or tryout somewhere???
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