Taking someone’s word can be a safe option, or it can backfire. Coaches haven’t officially landed a recruit until he arrives on campus and takes part in a practice. As a result, university hockey turns into a blindfolded game of poker in which all coaches are expected to come out with their chips lined up in perfect order.
Building a team around false hopes can be risky and tough to manage. Players select schools based on a few categories: the program, its location, the team’s reputation of winning and also the perks included (which is a whole other subject).
The summer months appear ever so quiet, but behind the scenes schools are searching for the foundation of their program.
Monday, 17 August 2009
Jason Cassidy’s Blog: A productive off-season is a must
Jason Cassidy's latest entry at The Hockey News