You may be surprised to realize the sheer magnitude of playing opportunities available as you progress through your minor hockey career and beyond…from 'AA' and 'AAA' to Prep School and Junior, all the way to College in both the US and Canada. And don't forget about Canadian Junior 'B' leagues and US Tier III Junior programs!
On the boys side alone, there are literally hundreds of teams and dozens of leagues that can help you ascend to your ultimate hockey goal.
It all boils down to knowing how the system works, finding the most realistic opportunity for success and accepting that this journey is a marathon, not a sprint. You can't try out for every team so we will help you ask the right questions, find the best-fit teams and lay out the action plan to get you where you want to go.
We witness this scenario frequently...Teens (and their parents) boast they are on the roster of a Junior team but all they do is play sporadically and practice as 4th or 5th liners (healthy scratches). Frankly, we believe it is a career-limiting attitude. If, instead, these players could land a dominant role and accelerate their development (on a Midget AAA team for example) where they would be granted first-line icetime on the PP, PK, end of period or end of game, they could very well leap-frog over their peers within one or two years.
That's exactly what we witnessed with two players our founder - Phil David - coached in Midget 'AAA'. Both Chris Stewart (St. Louis) and Wayne Simmonds (Philadelphia) did not play AAA in their Major Junior draft year, but chose Midget 'AAA' the following season where they earned important situational ice-time, allowing them to gain confidence and blossom as dominant players. Within 2 seasons, they were 1st and 2nd round NHL draft picks respectively.
The lessons: There are many paths you can take to reach your ultimate hockey goal. Set a plan. Be prepared to change course. Have a sense of urgency but do not panic. And push your ego aside so you compete where you will develop the most. And remember, we will always be by your side to guide you each and every step of the way.
My Action Plan™ is the intensive five-phase coaching process we build for student-athletes to guide them towards their academic and athletic goals.