Rod Langway didn't start playing hockey until he was 13.
I don't see that kind of thing happening nowadays though. Too many kids playing since before they start school, I don't see any way somebody can jump in with the competition of the kids today while being a teenager and still make it to the NHL.
I 2nd this
My neighbor's kids play for the Jr. Sharks and I go out and skate with them every now and again at Sharks Ice. They are 12 and 15 and are absolutely lights out. I'm a good 10/15 yrs older and can body them out, but I have to catch the little fu***** first which gets harder to do every damn day.
Kids start skating at age 3/4. There is not much you can do to make up for 10+ years of natural skating ability. If I had a kid playing hockey I would put him in figure skating too just to work on that part of the game.
I simply can't believe that is true. Whomever added that wrote it in a way that makes it sound like he first laced up skates at 17. No way.
In 2013, there is no way someone with no hockey experience puts on skates and plays in the NHL just a few years later. Impossible. The game is far too difficult to learn and become skilled at for that to happen.
Even the Jovo thing is a bit of a stretch. He was a very good athlete who played organized soccer, and he did skate a lot as a kid - he just never played organized hockey.
It could happen today. Jovanovski is an active player who wasn't much younger than Langway when he started. It's a matter of having the natural athleticism, physical frame, and a lot of access to ice time.
Is it likely... no. But it could happen, especially to a player who doesn't have the long successful career of a Langway or Jovo.
Not that old, but I think most guys started at least skating at like 4 or 5.
He started when he was 8 and he was horrible at it. His mom got him a coach(She's got a lot of power in Russian sports circles)and he eventually got better. Some said he got special treatment because he was Tatiana Ovechkina's kid.The crazy thing about it is by 16 he was playing with the men in the RSL, not bad for a little boy who could barely skate at 8.