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From what I am hearing, don't waste the money if you are an 02/03/04, with additional year being offered to current college players you guys basically wont have a chance for NCAA hockey until the 2023/2024 season. Even the kids who have a verbal at this point, they are in the same boat as the ones that dont have a verbal. Hopefully late 2021 we will have a better idea of the impact of this year but until then dominate where you are, work on your game, go to the gym, and pray, pray a lot!
Just this week:
Son "Dad I have 5K views on Elite Prospects"
Dad "Has any team or school reached out to you"
Dad "So it dosen't matter at all, get your homework done"
Son "I should get and advisor"
Dad "No, you should do your homework and get a job"
Son "How are schools/coaches going to get to know me"
Dad "Call them, introduce yourself, and see what happens"
Is this wrong?
It's all P.R. baby! The old "if you're good, they will find you." is the oldest lie going in hockey circles. Maybe in 1972 but today it simply doesn't work that way.
Unless you are connected in the hockey world (former NHL'er, pro, D-I stand-out, college coach, NHL front office. . . ) your kid is in Tier II of hockey prospects. Tier I is reserved for those connected to the hockey world and a few defiant true 20% better than the next kid stand-outs.
You can draw upon your private program coaches to line you up with a few college connections but outside of that it's home-spun PR to get the kid in print / noticed or the dreaded family adviser. If your kid has played on the right teams (with those Tier I protégés) or you PR efforts are successful the advisers will contact you otherwise they might be able to help.
The craziest void in the local hockey advancement game is the school coaches. Expect (and get nothing) from them. Most, even the revered ones wouldn't know what a player with potential looks like even if it hit them between the eyes.
I think he covered that -
"You can draw upon your private program coaches to line you up with a few college connections..."
great that they found him, obviously outstanding hockey player. what was your path? town, HS etc or EHF/E9 prep, FS?
prep/beast/national dev camp/Ushl phase 1draft
No agent just help from coaches at each level getting to the next level. Conversations with ecac/ivy and HE schools. But everyone is different.
OP here, so I have been contacted by advisors like Paragon, Nexlevel, HC, Stretchpass, Tophockeyprospect, anyone know if these are good contacts?
If they are going to "charge you" for their service, then you aren't interested.
I'd like one final truthful answer about advisors because I've heard it all in this place. I keep hearing that if you are good enough they won't charge you. I've also heard, and this is from USHL and NAHL sources, that advisors are supposed to be paid and that not paying for services is an impermissible benefit in the eyes of the NCAA. Also, most players at the USHL, NAHL, and Canadian Jr A (think BCHL) levels have advisors they work with.
True or false?
Thanks for the replies.