The education of NHL players vs all other pro sports
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11-24-2012, 10:24 PM
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Based on guys I used to play with, most got passed on through high school. I stopped playing at 16 after one year in Penticton. A few guys I know went pretty far, two got to the NHL. Let me just say that it is a good thing that they can afford to hire somebody to balance their cheque books. School was definitely not even a consideration for the two that made it. Once they were scouted, it was hockey and training 24/7 and nothing else mattered. I would say they would be about a grade 9-10 level of education if I was being generous.
Some of the other guys I played with played long enough to get scholarships. That was their end game. Very different paths. I would think this mix is likely the same in most pro sports in that if you are good enough to go pro, you usually know early and everything else is secondary. Some guys play to get school paid for and some do both.
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