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Re: Agent help

Anon
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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.
Sorry, you can't be more wrong. They found my kid, we weren't looking, didn't know how to look, and no one on either side of our family had anything to do with hockey. Sorry your kid is just like you, average!
Got it, despite genetics it appears your kid is " a few defiant true 20% better than the next kid stand-outs." My kid, no problem. Went straight from H.S. to the USHL...but thanks.

Re: Agent help

OP here, so I have been contacted by advisors like Paragon, Nexlevel, HC, Stretchpass, Tophockeyprospect, anyone know if these are good contacts?

Re: Agent help

If they are going to "charge you" for their service, then you aren't interested.

Re: Agent help

Anon
If they are going to "charge you" for their service, then you aren't interested.
Ok thanks

Re: Agent help

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.

Re: Agent help

Anon
If they are going to "charge you" for their service, then you aren't interested.
If they don't charge you then they are actually putting your kid at risk of losing eligibility...

https://thejuniorhockeynews.com/rules-for-hiring-an-adviser-the-difference-between-agent-and-adviser/

Re: Agent help

Anon
Anon
If they are going to "charge you" for their service, then you aren't interested.
If they don't charge you then they are actually putting your kid at risk of losing eligibility...

https://thejuniorhockeynews.com/rules-for-hiring-an-adviser-the-difference-between-agent-and-adviser/
Six years ago. Ancient history. NCAA has updated their rules.

If you are using an NHLPA certified agent you won’t be charged. Trust me, he wants your kid to play NCAA hockey.

If your kid isn’t at that level, get your kid a paid advisor with good referrals. They’re out there. And they’re worth it.

Re: Agent help

Anon
Anon
Anon
If they are going to \"charge you\" for their service, then you aren\'t interested.
If they don\'t charge you then they are actually putting your kid at risk of losing eligibility...

https://thejuniorhockeynews.com/rules-for-hiring-an-adviser-the-difference-between-agent-and-adviser/
Six years ago. Ancient history. NCAA has updated their rules.

If you are using an NHLPA certified agent you won’t be charged. Trust me, he wants your kid to play NCAA hockey.

If your kid isn’t at that level, get your kid a paid advisor with good referrals. They’re out there. And they’re worth it.
Correct

Local ones

Win Hockey Agency
Orr Group
Quartexx

You see them around the rinks talking to the Elite kids. They do not charge but guide the family into Prep/USHl/NCAA with the hope that someday the kid gets a pro contract.

They have many contacts and used them to the family's advantage