What is the single word that can force
just about any college hockey coach to think again about a prospect? Marijuana.
We have confirmation that one junior organization had a number of players toking up on the funny weed courtesy of the resident head coach. In the hockey house, on the team bus, and likely just about anywhere else the urge to lighten the load hits.
The team is not the first team to
face this type of behavior, and certainly won't be the last. The problem is
that now every player on the squad will be facing additional scrutiny when the
colleges start snooping around...if they start at all.
Drugs are the kryptonite for
prospective college athletes. When I grew up, there was a distinct difference
between the stoners and jocks. When did the pot-heads start to make their way
into the locker-room? What thought could possibly be going through a young man's
head before taking that first puff?
It simply does not make any logical
sense. Prospects spend thousands of hours preparing and praying for the hockey
dream, only to let it slip away for moments of a perceived high?
Boys, it's not cool, This type of
behavior is self-destructive and simply stupid.
For those high-level prospects that
elect to party away their college opportunities, I do have one dim light at
the end of your hockey tunnel; single A minor professional player.
Yes sir, prospects can play professional
and earn as much as $500 a week continuing the dream. Leagues like the Federal
Hockey League boasts a number of call-ups to the ECHL, but few players are
able to move up the ladder from there.
$500 a week? I believe that a young
shift manager at McDonald's makes more than that.
To summarize, let's make this very
simple. Smoke pot and forget school. Smoke pot and hockey prospects are just
about guaranteed to end up with their name on the front of the work shirt, not on the
back of a pro sweater.
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