Saw some amazing 9 year olds today but....
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01-16-2012, 07:36 PM
Join Date: Dec 2007
Everyone thinks their kid is the next Crosby because he is running show in the local league.
The thing is, the parents could give them everything in the world to make it to the NHL, but if the kid isn't driven to do it, he won't succeed.
Crosby is Crosby because:
1. He's naturally gifted (God given talent + genes)
2. He grew up in a strong hockey area
3. He's the hardest working player in the world
Alot of kids get by on 2 of those things, but usually don't become NHLers because they don't have all 3.
But to answer your question, they stay at the top until they move away to Jr's (15-16). Then all of a sudden your in a league where every kid was running show in their local league. The kids who dominate in those leagues have good shots at staying on top, but theres always another league where someones alot better than you. It's always an uphill battle and few make it.
Lets put it this way:
In 1985, a study was done in Ontario, Canada for all 10 year-old hockey players. At this time, there were 22,000 10 year-olds playing hockey in Ontario. Of these players only 110 made it to the OHL (Ontario Hockey League) and 22 more received scholarships to Division 1 schools.
This means that only 132 out of those 22,000 made it into the top feeder leagues for the NHL. Of those 132 players, only 7 played in the NHL.
7 out of 22,000. And I bet you've never even heard of those 7.
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