Be a student. Its that simple. You as a player must, MUST, have the grades and standardized testing scores to keep doors open. You maybe the next great one, but if your grades are as high, as a rock on water, the ncaa is not your path. The path for any college bound athlete begins here.
The hockey lifestyle....eating well, getting proper rest, studying, working out, and playing hockey. In that order.
Good to the last drop. That is what the commercials tell us, but what happens after the last drop, after that final moment, of your final shift in your final game? For most in HS this will have been your largest stage, and unless you go on to play in the hotter NAHL markets or the USHL or BCHL or NCAA you will never again play before such crowds. The JR player, hopefully you have exhausted yourself in every moment of every day, and been able to answer affirmatively that you have done all you could in each moment to improve. THe NCAA player should have done the same, and again in the class room. What now? It is time for the rest of your life, friend. Time for you take all you have learned in sport, from competition and apply it to your daily life, to your own family. Hopefully you find it within yourself in time, to return, and mentor others. Individual greatness is an amazing, and generally very temporary state of being. It is however in those longer lasting moments after greatness, helping others who desire to follow in your footsteps that matter most, that are the most impactful. Your wisdom, your experiences are invaluable tools of education and inspiration. Those last forever, that is true legacy.
more to come....