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12-12-2011, 02:33 AM
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Originally Posted by SJC00 View Post
Rough Bandy world rankings
1. Russia
2. Sweden
3. Finland
4. Kazakstan
5. Norway
6. USA
7. Belarus
8. Canada .

After that its a mess of countries. I'm not saying this guy is going pro right away. But to be the goalie on his national bandy team the guy probably has more than average athletic ability.
Yup, and he probably has a pretty good idea about angles and can track shots.

If he wants to take up hockey, it's worth a try. But it's up to well how well his skills translate, and the odds are long.

OP, your best advice is, once you've learned the position with amateur leagues, to try out for one of the Euro leagues that has multiple tiers within the same organization. If you're good enough, you'll work your way up within that team, and there will be NHL scouts watching, since the lower levels often have up and coming youth.

Your chances aren't good. But depending on your age and skillset, it is possible. There are guys in the NHL now who never played on ice until their teens, having only played roller hockey. I forget who it is, but some commentator was talking recently about a player who had never even played hockey until he was 13 or something like that. Not a scrub either.

But those stories are really few and far between. But if you're already a high level athlete, it's not inconceivable.

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