HFBoards

Go Back   HFBoards > General Hockey Discussion > The Rink
Mobile Hockey's Future Become a Sponsor Site Rules Support Forum vBookie Page 2
The Rink For the not so ready for prime-time players, coaches, referees, and the people that have to live with them. Discuss experiences in local leagues, coaching tips, equipment, and training.

What are my chances?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old
12-08-2011, 08:48 AM
  #1
O2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 38
vCash: 500
What are my chances?

So guys, I've been thinking about becoming an NHL goalie.

I have no previous experience in hockey, but I have played goalie position for the alternative winter sport "Bandy" for my national team as the starter.

Thinking about buying some pads and lacing up for my college hockeyteam, with my already near-elite reflexes I'm sure I would pick the game up quickly.

How would I quickly break out from the small scene in Norway and quickly get picked up?

Do we have the next Tim Thomas, late breakout person, in me?

O2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-08-2011, 09:08 AM
  #2
Ozz
Registered User
 
Ozz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Hockeytown
Country: United States
Posts: 6,729
vCash: 500
Shouldn't be too hard, considering all NHL goalies suck. Give it a shot and let us know next month.

Ozz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-08-2011, 11:26 AM
  #3
jacko23
KCCO!
 
jacko23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Greensboro, NC
Country: United States
Posts: 558
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by O2 View Post
So guys, I've been thinking about becoming an NHL goalie.

I have no previous experience in hockey, but I have played goalie position for the alternative winter sport "Bandy" for my national team as the starter.

Thinking about buying some pads and lacing up for my college hockeyteam, with my already near-elite reflexes I'm sure I would pick the game up quickly.

How would I quickly break out from the small scene in Norway and quickly get picked up?

Do we have the next Tim Thomas, late breakout person, in me?
i would say your odds are very slim. you said you play in a small hockey scene, so your "elite" reflexes probably arent all that elite in the grand scheme of things. professional goalies have normally been playing ahd honing their skills at their position since they were young. and seeing how you are just now trying to pick up being a goalie at an age where goalies are already beginning to be scouted, id say you have quite a large learning curve ahead of you. best of luck.

jacko23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-08-2011, 11:31 AM
  #4
Wilch
Unregistered User
 
Wilch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Under your bed
Country: Taiwan
Posts: 9,254
vCash: 500
You might want to consider 2nd/3rd tier leagues. If you don't know how to skate, you got a long ways ahead of you if you're thinking going professional.

Wilch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-08-2011, 11:50 AM
  #5
r3cc0s
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 412
vCash: 500
no problems... I just picked up skating, bought a stick and the next spring went to camp and got picked up by the Canucks...

made 25 mil over the next 4 years, and retired

r3cc0s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-08-2011, 12:02 PM
  #6
KevFist
is best pony
 
KevFist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Birmingham, AL
Country: Northern Ireland
Posts: 5,100
vCash: 500
You have a better chance of winning the lottery than you do becoming an NHL goalie.

That being said, don't let it discourage you from at least trying. You could probably make it to a 3rd tier league like someone else here said. Shoot for an American league like the SPHL or the CHL or the Federal League. You're not going to get rich on it, and it'll require another job in the offseason, but it's pro hockey nonetheless.

the key to remember is even the worst player in the lowest league was the best player on their amateur team somewhere. It takes a HUGE amount of dedication to get there. At least give it a shot....Never know how things might turn out.

KevFist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-08-2011, 12:49 PM
  #7
hyster110
Registered User
 
hyster110's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 963
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by O2 View Post
So guys, I've been thinking about becoming an NHL goalie.

I have no previous experience in hockey, but I have played goalie position for the alternative winter sport "Bandy" for my national team as the starter.

Thinking about buying some pads and lacing up for my college hockeyteam, with my already near-elite reflexes I'm sure I would pick the game up quickly.

How would I quickly break out from the small scene in Norway and quickly get picked up?

Do we have the next Tim Thomas, late breakout person, in me?
hate to be an ass but people who have been playing goal all their life in competitive hockey barely have a shot an making the NHL so sorry but yours are even smaller

hyster110 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-08-2011, 04:29 PM
  #8
SauceHockey
Retired
 
SauceHockey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: p
Country: Tokelau
Posts: 4,005
vCash: 500
Am I the only one that thinks the OP is lying


Last edited by SauceHockey: 12-08-2011 at 04:49 PM.
SauceHockey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-08-2011, 04:43 PM
  #9
Ozz
Registered User
 
Ozz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Hockeytown
Country: United States
Posts: 6,729
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by asdwe1 View Post
Am I the only one that think the OP is lying
Nah, considering it was his first post and comes off like a total retard.

Ozz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-08-2011, 05:48 PM
  #10
Harv
R.I.P. Pavol.
 
Harv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Country: Slovakia
Posts: 5,550
vCash: 500
To be honest, 0%. I'd put negative percents if that made sense.


Teams want pedigree and loads of experience on top of already being an elite player. Just having fast reflexes doesn't replace 20 years of game situations.

Harv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-08-2011, 09:35 PM
  #11
SauceHockey
Retired
 
SauceHockey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: p
Country: Tokelau
Posts: 4,005
vCash: 500
If you are Hakeem the dream of hockey then you might, if not then 0%

SauceHockey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-08-2011, 09:44 PM
  #12
Subnordi
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: New Brunswick
Country: Canada
Posts: 271
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by O2 View Post
So guys, I've been thinking about becoming an NHL goalie.

I have no previous experience in hockey, but I have played goalie position for the alternative winter sport "Bandy" for my national team as the starter.

Thinking about buying some pads and lacing up for my college hockeyteam, with my already near-elite reflexes I'm sure I would pick the game up quickly.

How would I quickly break out from the small scene in Norway and quickly get picked up?

Do we have the next Tim Thomas, late breakout person, in me?
*10*

Subnordi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-09-2011, 06:52 AM
  #13
SimonTemplar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: London ON.
Posts: 825
vCash: 500
Once the first slapshot thru a screened D hits you between the eyes, you'll be an instant star. ( or watching stars ) Just hope your first game is not against Cheechoo since he will knock your lights outs for another month.....but yeah, u have a shot.

Is there no snow to shovel in Norway in December.

SimonTemplar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-09-2011, 08:36 AM
  #14
Fred89
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Milan
Country: Italy
Posts: 166
vCash: 500
Funniest post ever seen in The Rink for me

Fred89 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-09-2011, 12:53 PM
  #15
McDugan
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 147
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by asdwe1 View Post
Am I the only one that thinks the OP is trolling
Fixed.

McDugan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-09-2011, 04:53 PM
  #16
SJC00
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ile Des Chenes
Country: Canada
Posts: 66
vCash: 500
Send a message via MSN to SJC00
Well you play Bandy so you can skate. It's a very different style from Bandy to hockey. Considering the difference in the net sze. But hey if you want to do it more people need to dream big in this world. Are your chances good. No not at all. But like in dumb and dumber. "So your saying there's a chance."

SJC00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-09-2011, 05:10 PM
  #17
tikkanen5rings*
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: in your head!
Posts: 11,686
vCash: 500
So eh? How is Norway doing in bandy? Near elite?

tikkanen5rings* is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-09-2011, 05:10 PM
  #18
duul
Registered User
 
duul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 1,904
vCash: 169
Quote:
Originally Posted by SJC00 View Post
Well you play Bandy so you can skate. It's a very different style from Bandy to hockey. Considering the difference in the net sze. But hey if you want to do it more people need to dream big in this world. Are your chances good. No not at all. But like in dumb and dumber. "So your saying there's a chance."
Hahaha, great movie.

But yeah, there's barely any chance of this happening, especially just starting at your age. You mention Tim Thomas, but he still played professional hockey for years before he made it to the NHL. At least let us know when you make a junior team or something. Even then,

duul is online now   Reply With Quote
Old
12-09-2011, 05:16 PM
  #19
SJC00
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ile Des Chenes
Country: Canada
Posts: 66
vCash: 500
Send a message via MSN to SJC00
Rough Bandy world rankings
1. Russia
2. Sweden
3. Finland
4. Kazakstan
5. Norway
6. USA
7. Belarus
8. Canada .

After that its a mess of countries. I'm not saying this guy is going pro right away. But to be the goalie on his national bandy team the guy probably has more than average athletic ability.

SJC00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-09-2011, 05:54 PM
  #20
SmellOfVictory
Registered User
 
SmellOfVictory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 5,186
vCash: 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by BroFist View Post
You have a better chance of winning the lottery than you do becoming an NHL goalie.
I don't know about that. Odds of winning the 6/49 jackpot are about 1:14 million. If we look at the NHL, there are 60 positions available (starters/backups) in a given season, and a relatively small population of serious hockey goaltenders (that is, kids in Junior, college, minor pro, and pro). Let's just assume there are ten thousand teams that are not the NHL, each with two goaltenders; if we do not know the individual ability of any of the players (as with this guy), then the odds are 60:20 000 if he's on his college team. Much better odds than those of winning the lottery.

SmellOfVictory is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-10-2011, 12:45 AM
  #21
jwitz04
Registered User
 
jwitz04's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 83
vCash: 500
no. your chances are zero. if you knew anything about hockey you would know that.

jwitz04 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-11-2011, 02:00 PM
  #22
Crosbyfan
Registered User
 
Crosbyfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 7,759
vCash: 500
They are above zero, if you really want to try.

Just don't quit your day job and/or stay in school.

Crosbyfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-12-2011, 03:33 AM
  #23
cptjeff
[insert joke here]
 
cptjeff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Washington, DC.
Country: United States
Posts: 8,757
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by SJC00 View Post
Rough Bandy world rankings
1. Russia
2. Sweden
3. Finland
4. Kazakstan
5. Norway
6. USA
7. Belarus
8. Canada .

After that its a mess of countries. I'm not saying this guy is going pro right away. But to be the goalie on his national bandy team the guy probably has more than average athletic ability.
Yup, and he probably has a pretty good idea about angles and can track shots.

If he wants to take up hockey, it's worth a try. But it's up to well how well his skills translate, and the odds are long.

OP, your best advice is, once you've learned the position with amateur leagues, to try out for one of the Euro leagues that has multiple tiers within the same organization. If you're good enough, you'll work your way up within that team, and there will be NHL scouts watching, since the lower levels often have up and coming youth.

Your chances aren't good. But depending on your age and skillset, it is possible. There are guys in the NHL now who never played on ice until their teens, having only played roller hockey. I forget who it is, but some commentator was talking recently about a player who had never even played hockey until he was 13 or something like that. Not a scrub either.

But those stories are really few and far between. But if you're already a high level athlete, it's not inconceivable.

cptjeff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-12-2011, 03:47 AM
  #24
Kulluminati
Registered User
 
Kulluminati's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Country: Canada
Posts: 282
vCash: 500
Bandy is pretty different from ice hockey, more like field hockey on ice than anything. Seeing as the OP is his national teams goalie, he probably has good athletic ability, but I'm not sure how well his skills would translate into hockey. Not sure where you should start maybe in some lower tier European league and work your way up. Chances are very slim though.

Kulluminati is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
12-12-2011, 09:22 AM
  #25
Guffaw
Registered User
 
Guffaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Drexel Hill PA
Country: United States
Posts: 490
vCash: 500
Stop replying to this BS. Delete this thread and stop wasting people's time.

Guffaw 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 01:34 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.