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11-03-2010, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Nbr-17 View Post
A little reality check.
In the 1991 and 1992 OHL Drafts, there were 232 Ontario developed players selected by the 16 junior teams.
The following breakdown shows how those 30,000 players active that year "progressed".
  • Out of those 232 players drafted to the OHL, only 105 ever played one game in the OHL.
  • Out of those 105 players, only 90 finished their full 3 or 4 years of eligibility in the OHL.
  • Of those 30,000 players, only 42 played NCAA Division I hockey! Remember too that U.S. scholarships are not the large educational packages that have been offered by NCAA schools in the past (see more information below). The following "1975" players had either full or partial NCAA scholarships.
  • There were 56 players from the "1975" age group that were either drafted or signed by a National Hockey League team (by far the most of any birth year Ontario has experienced!). Fourty-eight (48) of those 56 players were drafted by NHL teams!
  • Of the 48 drafted players only 39 signed contracts with NHL teams. Eight players signed as free agents after going un-drafted as NCAA or major junior players.
  • Of the 48 signed players, only 32 have seen action to date in an NHL game.
  • Of the 32 players with NHL experience, only 15 have played more than one (1) full NHL season!
  • Of these 32 players, only 21 were active in the NHL as of April 1, 2002 .
  • Of those 32 who have played an NHL game to date, only 18-20 will earn a second contract with an NHL team. About half of those players earning second contracts will see them finish that second contract with an NHL team. The remainder of the 56 players will toil in the minor pros in the IHL, AHL, ECHL or Europe .
  • Of the 32 players who have seen action in an NHL game, only six (6) have qualified for the NHL's Player Pension (minimum 400 games in the NHL!).

Have your kid play hockey for the right reasons, not your dreams and hope he develops a lifelong passion for the game.
Everything else is just gravy on top.

Great info. The one that I thought was odd (bolded): To play 3-4 years, 90 seems high out of 105 that played even one game. Could the 105 be for one season?

Just wondering. The result is the same for any dream of the NHL.

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