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09-26-2012, 03:03 PM
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Jarick
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To play devils advocate, on a competitive team I'd take Alex Semin over a 100% effort ECHL'er any day of the week.

There's a difference between skill and talent...Talent is your natural athletic ability and aptitude for improvement. Skill is something that can be improved, like puck handling, shooting, and skating.

Nobody was born with skill. You HAVE to work to improve it. We all start out nearly equally bad at hockey, but real talented players improve their skills more quickly, with less work, and often to higher ceilings.

Yet, at the end of the day, in minor hockey it's not about talent OR skill but about effort, attitude, sportsmanship, and having fun. It's physical exercise, camaraderie, building interpersonal and life skills, challenging yourself, a number of things far beyond and more important than the game itself.

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