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Social Media and the USHL Junior Hockey News

Published: Saturday, 5 Mar 2016  
By: Grace Breseman

It’s a well known fact in our social media driven society that what gets put on those sites is there to stay. This is important to know for getting any kind of job even the NHL prospects from the USHL have to be careful. Once something is posted to social media pressing delete is a quick fix but not a permanent one. 

Recruiters at both the college level and the NHL are looking to social media now as it becomes more relevant in order to better find out who the players are off the ice. It isn’t just about who they are on the ice but character is another important factor in scouting decisions. 

Hockey players represent their team at all times and any negative posts can come back to bite a player whether it’s been deleted or not. The team they play for has put faith into their players to represent them well and not drag their name through the mud. It’s all about responsibility.

Following a player’s social media accounts doesn’t end when they get drafted; no team wants a problem player off the ice. Players are getting smarter about it now that it’s well known how social media can come back and hurt someone. It’s a small thing but it can make a big difference in a 
players life if something goes wrong.

The most important thing for players to remember is that when they post something it reflects not only on them but on their team as well. The message being sent by a certain post is something that has to be thought of every time. 

Something so little as social media shouldn’t be a reason why a team looks over a player. 

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