"You're never as good as you think you are" Real encouragement.
Guy is an absolute DBag. In a sport where the definition of talent is so subjective it's great to see a guy who is looking to shoot down a players confidence. Screw him.
Did you listen to the whole thing? It's the right message, and it's applicable to every single player out there, even NHL Hall of Famers. Work hard, keep working hard, and "if your good gets better, you've had a good year."
Playing junior and college hockey is a job. It's a grind most of the season. If you let yourself get too high or too low, your odds of making it decrease.
It is not a job. It is a game. Please have fun with it while you still can.
Its a job when you get paid to do it.
Its a GREAT job when you get paid AND love to do it.
So I guess you could argue that playing for free in Juniors/College qualifies...
D-I scholarship players are in essence (well some of them) getting paid. Sonny up at Southern New Hampshire U is still playing for the love of the game. Playing Juniors is either for the love of the game or the hope you'll someday get paid. . . and oh, the love of the game.
I'd say IM is spot on. Not sure what the fuss is about here.