Playing Hockey In Europe
Welcome to the Professional world! This is something that you are going to have to create not just for hockey but also most likely for a lot of other things. For those of you that have never created a resume you will want to use the three C's. Clear, Clean, Concise.
Make it clear and simple so that the person looking at the resume can quickly identify certain items that you have put on it. If its got a bunch of pictures on it and tinny print it will be impossible to read and will end up in the bin of the GM's desk of a perspective team. So what to put on it?
Well this is up to you as a player. Sometimes a picture is nice but since you will most likely be faxing the resume it may not turn out so well. At the top you will want to include basic info such as, date of birth, height, weight, position, shooting hand, civil status. After that you can get into stats for... say the last 4 years.
After that you will want to put on there some of you strengths and the type of game you play (offensive defenseman, passer, scoring specialist, whatever you think). Also it is good to add any awards you have won. Point to note: no European team is going to care if you won some obscure tournament when you were twelve so don't even think about it.
One of the biggest things to put on the information is contact names and numbers. Believe it or not but the teams do call and find out about you so it is important to get the numbers accurate.
The resume is going to be a must. It shouldn't take to much time and it is great to have even if you don't use it to send to teams. If you go with an agent you can send it to him and then he can prepare something that can go out to the teams.
On a final note please be advised to list a number of valid references who will be supportive to you. Before listing them and sending out your resume make sure your reference knows about him being mentioned as a reference and him agreeing to it!
It's doubtful any serious manager would sign a deal solely going from a resume of someone without any proof. Other than that, numbers and awards only tell part of a player's abilities. There's also the mental part which teams are often interested in. Why was player X playing for 6 different teams in season XXXX? How is the player's role in the locker room etc? Team managers can gain this info from references upon request.