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06-20-2006, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by akanabar
It's much easier to simply get your foot in the door via an internship in marketing or ticket sales. It doesn't mean that you need to follow down that path, it simply shows the organization that you've handled the task at hand well (assuming you do) and would give them confidence in potentially promoting/reassigning you. Simply having your name associated with an NHL team will help you out in the long run.
In the world of professional sports, there's a HUGE difference between the Hockey Operations wing (i.e. the players, coaches, scouts, front office staff) and the Business Department that does things like marketing, selling tickets and working at a team store.

Think of it this way, Ford Motor Company doesn't go looking for executives from someone that washes cars part time at one of their dealerships, because even though it's still the same organization, the talents, skills and abilities are totally different.

You're correct in suggestion it is all about connections. But the best connections, of course, come from being a part of the Hockey Operations wing (such as a former player). Plus, NHL players have spent literally their whole lives at a hockey rink, so they have the inherent advantage of recognizing talent, even more than the dedicated and loyal lay-fan.

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