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10-31-2010, 12:10 AM
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Jarick
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My boy's a toddler, but if he wants to play (and I was excited today when he was walking down the aisle at Target and pointed to the hockey equipment excitedly!), I would enroll him in one of the newer laid back programs. A couple skill development practices and a game each week, but focused on having fun.

It seems to me that the best players have this burning desire to play constantly and have natural ability. Very few NHL'ers come out and say that their parents pushed them really hard and signed them up for year-round clinics. Hell, Crosby used to play a ton of baseball during the summer, not hockey.

If your kid is awesome, scouts will find him. He'll rise to the top of his program, word will spread, he'll get scholarship offers, etc. Every kid deserves parents and coaches who just plain want him to have fun and become a better person, not necessarily a better player.

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