HFBoards

Go Back   HFBoards > General Hockey Discussion > The History of Hockey
Mobile Hockey's Future Become a Sponsor Site Rules Support Forum vBookie Page 2
The History of Hockey Relive great moments in hockey history and discuss how the game has changed over time.

Players who have played in low levels of minor hockey

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old
08-12-2010, 12:07 AM
  #1
Form and Substance
Registered User
 
Form and Substance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Country: Canada
Posts: 5,673
vCash: 500
Players who have played in low levels of minor hockey

Most prospects, either hyped or unhyped, at least play in competitive leagues with some of the best in their age groups and have done so throughout the majority of their playing careers. Who are the players who haven't been blessed with the opportunity to play at high levels in their early youth yet still made it?

I'd also like to know of players who took unconventional paths, played in obscure leagues during their developmental years or plain just started late. I'm sure there's a ton of stories of that sort pre 1985.

For example, I think a lot of people around here know David Perron was playing at the Midget C level in his hometown just a couple of years before he first skated with the Blues. That is a mindboggling transition. I don't know if other ascensions have been as drastic as his.

Another one, Kyle Okposo took a year off of hockey when he was 12-13 to play football. Akim Aliu started playing hockey at the age of 12 when he moved to Canada. I think I heard somewhere that Joe Mullen learned to skate when he was a teenager.

Form and Substance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-12-2010, 02:26 AM
  #2
JSmith81x
Your weapon is guilt
 
JSmith81x's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: illinois
Posts: 2,727
vCash: 1000
Dainius Zubrus skipped over Major Junior, going from a Jr A league to the NHL at 18.

JSmith81x is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-12-2010, 03:21 AM
  #3
kmad
Riot Survivor
 
kmad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Vancouver
Country: Canada
Posts: 32,054
vCash: 500
I've heard that Ed Jovanovski didn't even learn to skate until he was 15.

kmad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-12-2010, 05:13 AM
  #4
Psycho Papa Joe
Porkchop Hoser
 
Psycho Papa Joe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Cesspool, Ontario
Country: Canada
Posts: 23,356
vCash: 500
Ed Belfour went from HS hockey to playing Tier 2 hockey for the Winkler Flyers of the MJHL for 3 years until he was 21 years old to then playing in a small NCAA school for 1 year and then was in the IHL the following season.

He's the definition of a late bloomer.


Last edited by Psycho Papa Joe: 08-12-2010 at 12:07 PM.
Psycho Papa Joe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-12-2010, 11:18 AM
  #5
begbeee
Registered User
 
begbeee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Slovakia
Country: Slovakia
Posts: 4,012
vCash: 500
Chara´s story is one of the greatest. He was considered as totaly untalented guy, who couldnt skate and coach send him to play basketball or voleyball... 15 year later he won Norris. Great story.

Note: even Islanders drafted him as a marketing thing - to have the biggest guy in NHL history...

begbeee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-12-2010, 02:19 PM
  #6
Dreakmur
Registered User
 
Dreakmur's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Orillia, Ontario
Country: Canada
Posts: 7,906
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stank Mahovlich View Post
I've heard that Ed Jovanovski didn't even learn to skate until he was 15.
You heard wrong.

He learned late, but not that late. Maybe 10 or 11.

Dreakmur is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-12-2010, 02:26 PM
  #7
Form and Substance
Registered User
 
Form and Substance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Country: Canada
Posts: 5,673
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dreakmur View Post
You heard wrong.

He learned late, but not that late. Maybe 10 or 11.
That's just incredible considering he became the #1 pick in his draft year. I think Mike Komisarek didn't learn to skate up until around that age (maybe 12.) Someone should confirm this.

Form and Substance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-12-2010, 02:30 PM
  #8
Bismuth
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Point Roberts
Country: United States
Posts: 165
vCash: 223
Quote:
Originally Posted by Form and Substance View Post
That's just incredible considering he became the #1 pick in his draft year. I think Mike Komisarek didn't learn to skate up until around that age (maybe 12.) Someone should confirm this.
Mike Komisarek is still learning how to skate.

Bismuth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-12-2010, 02:33 PM
  #9
Dump and Chase
Hand of God
 
Dump and Chase's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Country: Canada
Posts: 632
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bismuth View Post
Mike Komisarek is still learning how to skate.
Brad Marsh never did.

Dump and Chase is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-12-2010, 02:34 PM
  #10
BraveCanadian
Registered User
 
BraveCanadian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Country: Canada
Posts: 7,746
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dump and Chase View Post
Brad Marsh never did.
Yeah but back then you were allowed to water ski

BraveCanadian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-12-2010, 05:19 PM
  #11
vadim sharifijanov
Registered User
 
vadim sharifijanov's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 9,070
vCash: 500
cbc loves to tell the story of how alex burrows was playing in a ball hockey league during his ECHL years. does that count?

also, between stints with the canucks, former first round pick jose charbonneau played in the short-lived pro roller hockey league in addition to bouncing around second tier european leagues.

vadim sharifijanov is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-12-2010, 07:21 PM
  #12
Form and Substance
Registered User
 
Form and Substance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Country: Canada
Posts: 5,673
vCash: 500
Well Burrows was playing Jr A hockey in quebec when he was 18-19. The ball hockey thing was a hobby I think, even if he was like the best player in that circuit.

Form and Substance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-15-2010, 02:26 AM
  #13
Scott1980
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Toronto
Country: Canada
Posts: 369
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by BraveCanadian View Post
Yeah but back then you were allowed to water ski
And then there was Marsh's velocity on his shot...


Last edited by Scott1980: 08-15-2010 at 02:27 AM. Reason: Spelling
Scott1980 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-15-2010, 07:45 PM
  #14
Marotte Marauder
Registered User
 
Marotte Marauder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2,570
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by Psycho Papa Joe View Post
Ed Belfour went from HS hockey to playing Tier 2 hockey for the Winkler Flyers of the MJHL for 3 years until he was 21 years old to then playing in a small NCAA school for 1 year and then was in the IHL the following season.

He's the definition of a late bloomer.
The University of North Dakota is a small NCAA school? NOT!

Marotte Marauder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-15-2010, 11:26 PM
  #15
UpGoesRupp
Registered User
 
UpGoesRupp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: British Columbia
Country: Canada
Posts: 964
vCash: 500
Sakic got cut from Midget AAA - sort of like a michael jordan thing

And didn't Dan Sexton jump up to the Show from the ECHL this year?

UpGoesRupp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-16-2010, 05:04 AM
  #16
Psycho Papa Joe
Porkchop Hoser
 
Psycho Papa Joe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Cesspool, Ontario
Country: Canada
Posts: 23,356
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marotte Marauder View Post
The University of North Dakota is a small NCAA school? NOT!
For some reason I thought it was U of Lake Superior, LOL!

Doesn't change the essense of the obscure manner in which he made it. Playing Tier 2 as an overager until 21 years old and then joining an NCAA team for a year at 22, when most guys your age have already had 2 or 3 NCAA years under your belt is as odd a way of making it as it comes. Really shows how it takes some goalies much more time before they can blossom. By the time he was about 25 he was one of the best goalies in the world.

Psycho Papa Joe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-16-2010, 10:26 AM
  #17
Sampe
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Vantaa
Country: Finland
Posts: 2,648
vCash: 500
I've read that Christian Ruuttu started playing hockey at the age of 14.

Sampe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-16-2010, 02:37 PM
  #18
Marotte Marauder
Registered User
 
Marotte Marauder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2,570
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by Psycho Papa Joe View Post
For some reason I thought it was U of Lake Superior, LOL!

Doesn't change the essense of the obscure manner in which he made it. Playing Tier 2 as an overager until 21 years old and then joining an NCAA team for a year at 22, when most guys your age have already had 2 or 3 NCAA years under your belt is as odd a way of making it as it comes. Really shows how it takes some goalies much more time before they can blossom. By the time he was about 25 he was one of the best goalies in the world.
I agree, he was the best goalie in camp more than once for the Hawks. He just didn't get any respect. We know the rest of the story.

Marotte Marauder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-23-2010, 11:46 PM
  #19
Grinder89
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 54
vCash: 500
I read a story once about formers Flames prospect Sergei Varlamov being discovered playing in a Recreation hockey league in Ukraine

Grinder89 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
08-25-2010, 06:55 PM
  #20
Shootmaster_44
Registered User
 
Shootmaster_44's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Lloydminster, AB
Country: Canada
Posts: 3,168
vCash: 500
How about Raitis Ivanans?

His impressive career reads like this:
1996-97 Aurora Tigers of the Metro Junior A Hockey League
1997-98 Flint General of the United Hockey League
1998-99 Macon Whoopie/Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League
1999-00 Pensacola Ice Pilots of the ECHL
2000-01 New Haven Knights of the United Hockey League and two games with the Hershey Bears
2001-02 Toledo Storm/Baton Rouge Kingfish of the ECHL
2002-03 Rockford IceHogs of the United Hockey League and 17 games with Milwaukee Admirals
2003-04 Milwaukee Admirals and 1 game with the Rockford IceHogs of the United Hockey League
2004-05 Hamilton Bulldogs

After this he finally made the NHL in 2005-06 with the Habs. I would say he probably has the longest shot of making the NHL of anyone. Especially since he has lasted for 210 games in the NHL.

Shootmaster_44 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Forum Jump


Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:17 PM.

monitoring_string = "e4251c93e2ba248d29da988d93bf5144"
Contact Us - HFBoards - Archive - Privacy Statement - Terms of Use - Advertise - Top - AdChoices

vBulletin Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
HFBoards.com is a property of CraveOnline Media, LLC, an Evolve Media, LLC company. ©2014 All Rights Reserved.