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
Notices

The History of Hockey Relive great moments in hockey history and discuss how the game has changed over time.

Players who started their careers late

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old
05-11-2010, 07:16 PM
  #1
Sonic Disturbance
Grandmaster User
 
Sonic Disturbance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Country: China
Posts: 2,148
vCash: 50
Players who started their careers late

I recently found out that Hasek only started hockey at age 13, yet he is considered to be one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history. Does anyone else know of any NHLers past of present that started at an older age?

Sonic Disturbance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-11-2010, 07:31 PM
  #2
Bear of Bad News
Mod Supervisor
 
Bear of Bad News's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: San Angeles
Posts: 4,273
vCash: 663
I cannot confirm or deny Hasek's age when he began hockey, but I seem to recall that Ed Jovanovski started at a similarly-late age.

Bear of Bad News is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-11-2010, 07:40 PM
  #3
kdb209
Global Moderator
 
kdb209's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 14,876
vCash: 500
IIRC, Mike Grier didn't start playing hockey until he was 12 or 13 - after he became too big for youth football (there was a weight limit).

kdb209 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-11-2010, 08:05 PM
  #4
mrhockey193195
Registered User
 
mrhockey193195's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 4,531
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by Doctor No View Post
I cannot confirm or deny Hasek's age when he began hockey, but I seem to recall that Ed Jovanovski started at a similarly-late age.
IIRC, Jovanovski only started playing competitively around the age of 15. I may be completely wrong on that though, don't quote me on it.

mrhockey193195 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-11-2010, 08:13 PM
  #5
Canadiens1958
Registered User
 
Canadiens1958's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 13,650
vCash: 500
Others

Yvon Lambert app.12. Roberto Luongo started older that kids usually start.

Canadiens1958 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-11-2010, 09:38 PM
  #6
Big Phil
Registered User
 
Big Phil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Country: Canada
Posts: 23,640
vCash: 500
Gretzky didn't play on a travelling 10 year old boys team until he was 6...........pffttt, amateur!

No seriously, I cannot confirm this but Eddie Giacomin was burned in a kitchen fire when he was a boy and was told he may not walk again. Not sure if he played hockey at that time.

I also know there is a similar story to Dickie Moore breaking his leg prior to playing hockey, but I am unsure of the age

Big Phil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-11-2010, 09:43 PM
  #7
alexanderovechkin8
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: British Columbia
Country: Canada
Posts: 1,446
vCash: 1373
i heard simmonds started at 17 or something somewhere

alexanderovechkin8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-11-2010, 10:19 PM
  #8
Mike Farkas
Hockey's Future Staff
Grace Personified
 
Mike Farkas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: PA
Country: United States
Posts: 6,266
vCash: 500
Roman Turek didn't start playing hockey until he was about 12, IIRC...

Mike Farkas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-11-2010, 11:35 PM
  #9
seventieslord
Moderator
 
seventieslord's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Regina, SK
Country: Canada
Posts: 28,201
vCash: 500
I recall reading that Pierre Pilote started rather late.

I think stories like that are pretty awe-inspiring, when you look at how good you have to be to make it, and how thin the line is between making it and not, that some players who didn't even skate until their teenage years can get better than the thousands of others who have been playing their whole lives.

seventieslord is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-11-2010, 11:52 PM
  #10
Heat McManus
Registered User
 
Heat McManus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Alexandria, VA
Country: United States
Posts: 10,407
vCash: 500
Komisarek started around 11 IIRC.

I remember reading a story about one of the older Russian players who didn't start until he was about 18 or so. Will try and go through my books tomorrow and see if i can find it.


EDIT: Might have been thinking about Sologubov who didn't play an official game of hockey until he was 25. Or Tregubov who didn't start playing hockey (but played bandy) until he was 22.


Last edited by Heat McManus: 05-12-2010 at 12:19 PM.
Heat McManus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-12-2010, 12:36 AM
  #11
bruinsfan46
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: London, ON
Country: Canada
Posts: 11,457
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by alexanderovechkin8 View Post
i heard simmonds started at 17 or something somewhere
http://www.hockey-reference.com/play...simmowa01.html

He played tier II when he was 17 and was playing Midget AAA as a 16 year old. I think you're a little off. He very well could be a late starter (probably is looking at it) and has made a meteoric rise very quickly, he went undrafted into the OHL, was only at around a PPG playing Midget AAA at 16 and was in the NHL at 20, pretty impressive.

bruinsfan46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-12-2010, 01:24 AM
  #12
jkrx
Registered User
 
jkrx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Country: Canada
Posts: 4,337
vCash: 500
Curtis Joseph started late too.

jkrx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-12-2010, 08:04 AM
  #13
lextune
I'm too old for this
 
lextune's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Massachusetts
Country: United States
Posts: 9,824
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sleeping Dragon 81 View Post
I recently found out that Hasek only started hockey at age 13, yet he is considered to be one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history.
....except that is not true. Hasek started playing at 6, (against 9 year olds no less).

Quote:
"They held a tryout for 6-year-old boys and my father took me there," Hasek recalls. "I didn't even have real skates. I had those blades that you screwed onto the soles of your shoes, but I was tall, and the 9-year-olds didn't have a goalie, so they put me in with them."
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...9/ai_17519444/

lextune is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-12-2010, 10:40 AM
  #14
cynicism
Registered User
 
cynicism's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Country: Canada
Posts: 2,540
vCash: 500
I'm pretty sure Tony Esposito started late, 13ish....or I could be confusing him with someone else

cynicism is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-12-2010, 11:15 AM
  #15
Psycho Papa Joe
Porkchop Hoser
 
Psycho Papa Joe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Cesspool, Ontario
Country: Canada
Posts: 23,349
vCash: 500
A friend of mine started at 16 or 17 and ended up eventually getting an invitation to a Habs training camp as an undrafted player and actually got a contract offer to play in the Swiss league. We always wonder how good he could have been had he started at a much younger age.

Psycho Papa Joe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-12-2010, 11:32 AM
  #16
raleh
Registered User
 
raleh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Dartmouth, NS
Posts: 1,764
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by cynicism View Post
I'm pretty sure Tony Esposito started late, 13ish....or I could be confusing him with someone else
This seems unlikely as he probably started playing goalie because older brother Phil placed him in the net and started firing pucks at him.

raleh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-12-2010, 11:41 AM
  #17
begbeee
Registered User
 
begbeee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Slovakia
Country: Slovakia
Posts: 4,126
vCash: 500
Peter Stastny started to skate relatively late. Around 10 I think..

begbeee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-12-2010, 01:35 PM
  #18
JSmith81x
Your weapon is guilt
 
JSmith81x's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 2,727
vCash: 500
Uwe Krupp didn't play organized hockey until he was ~14; played soccer as a kid.
Pete Peeters started late; was going to be a swimmer.
Willi Plett didn't play organized hockey until he was 12; played lacrosse as a kid.

JSmith81x is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-12-2010, 03:34 PM
  #19
John Flyers Fan
Registered User
 
John Flyers Fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Country: United States
Posts: 22,397
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by kdb209 View Post
IIRC, Mike Grier didn't start playing hockey until he was 12 or 13 - after he became too big for youth football (there was a weight limit).
That's not true. When I was a kid, we always played in a big hockey tournament held in Providence, R.I. every President's Day weekend. Grier's team also played in the same tournament every year. The rest of his team sucked, but he'd score 2-4 goals in almost every game, and they'd lose 7-3 or so.

At the time, he was tall and skinny.

John Flyers Fan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-12-2010, 03:46 PM
  #20
Big Phil
Registered User
 
Big Phil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Country: Canada
Posts: 23,640
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by raleh View Post
This seems unlikely as he probably started playing goalie because older brother Phil placed him in the net and started firing pucks at him.
Yeah they did play at a young age. The "late bloomer" story with Tony Esposito is that he was a very educated man from college and could have easily had a great career outside of hockey. But he relented and was in the NHL when he was about 25, 26

Big Phil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
05-12-2010, 04:47 PM
  #21
reckoning
Registered User
 
reckoning's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Country: Canada
Posts: 5,755
vCash: 500
Rod Langway was another late starter at age 13. Apparently football was considered the sport he was best at in high school.

http://www.legendsofhockey.net/html/ind02langway.htm

reckoning 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 08:21 AM.

monitoring_string = "e4251c93e2ba248d29da988d93bf5144"

vBulletin Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
HFBoards.com is a property of CraveOnline Media, LLC, an Evolve Media, LLC company. 2016 All Rights Reserved.