Being tendered by a junior hockey team is a lot like getting engaged.
Like a potential bride, the prospect has committed that the team is the one and only. Like an engagement announcement, both the team and player are giddy about the potential of the relationship. All is well up until the weeks before the wedding day, or in our case, during the main and training camp. Sometimes the bride spends time in the gym, sometimes she spends a little too much time at the bakery. The same goes for the prospect, what has he done in the off-season to prepare for training camp?
For one reason or another, the team (groom) elects to go into another direction (maybe a Maxim model?) and the tendered player is left without a plan B.
The first thought for many such players would be the Canadian Junior Hockey League, while a number of NAHL teams are suggesting NA3HL programs. Normally, the lure of crossing the border would be a good choice. The pandemic put's a roadblock on most of those opportunities. Non-sanctioned hockey? Yea right, that has a way of being a bit of a one-way street.
Let's make this perfectly clear, the decision should be based on what is best for the prospect and what his family can afford.
For this season, a secure roster spot of any sort is a rare find. NA3HL teams are not having to discount rates to fill the roster and the level of play will be the highest ever this season.
Listen, the last thing ANY player should be doing now is passing up secure opportunities of any variety. Don't let this be a throw away season because there one solid guarantee, there is no turning back the clock on father time.
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