The NHL Dream - a Definite Longshot
Source: Roy MacGregor, National Post reporting to Open Ice Summit in Toronto in August 1999:
"What drives Canadian Hockey is the NHL Dream. Parents need to be convinced that the dream is unrealistic. A study of 30,000 Ontario minor hockey players was done involving players born in 1975. Here is how they fared in their hockey careers:
- 22,000 players were still in hockey at their bantam draft age (16) - 73%
- 232 players were drafted by OHL Major Junior Hockey clubs .77%
- 105 players played at least one game of Major Junior hockey in the OHL (.35%)
- 90 players finished their Junior hockey careers (.3%)
- 23 players went onto play college hockey (.076)
- 48 of the 30,000 players were drafted into the NHL and 2 others were signed as free agents (.16%)
- 22 players played at least one NHL game (.073%)
- 11 players were still active NHL'ers in 1998 - these players made the NHL as regular players (.036%)
.036% of the players in this study made it to the NHL and stuck
: It is likely that the % is lower now than it was with this group of players as the NHL is far more global than it was in the 1990's.
PLAY FOR FUN & PLAY FOR FRIENDS
The best three (3) goals a minor hockey player (and their parents!) can set are:
Hockey offers so many life lessons for children to learn that will benefit them as they proceed through life. Enjoy the ride and just let them play!
- Have fun - otherwise, why play?
- Make new friends - every season means a chance to meet new kids that have similar interests
- Try to get better as a hockey player each year - if you work hard at something, you will improve.