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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What should I look for in a hockey camp?

A: Try to choose a camp that you’ve heard good things about.  Word or mouth is your best bet as the hockey community is relatively small and news travels fast.  In the beginning you want to focus on the basics. (Skating, Skating, Skating).  Don’t get too far ahead of your child’s abilities.  Once you feel your child would benefit from a more specific camp (defenceman camp, scoring camp, puck handling camp, etc) then you can look at those.  My philosophy is if a hockey player isn’t a good skater yet, they will have a harder time picking up some of the finer skills later on.  Oh yeah, did I mention, it should be FUN.

Q: What can I do to make my child a better hockey player?

A: Tough one.  It’s really not up to us parents.  If our child is going to make the NHL it’s going to be because THEY want it bad enough.  As a parent, all we can do is encourage and facilitate.  Step 1.  Give them the “Love of the Game”.  Step 2. Facilitate.  If they want a specific camp, send them.  If they want to do extra off ice training, send them.  I they need a new set of road hockey goalie pads, sorry Mom and Dad, you are gonna have to buy them.  You can’t buy them everything of course but I think you’ll know what your child really badly wants and what they “sorta” want.

Q: Which is better route to the NHL?  College Hockey or Major Junior Hockey?

A: Junior is still number 1 but the US Colleges are gaining ground fast.  This one also depends on the player.  Either way, the player is away from home and it’s going to be on him/her to make the most of their opportunity.  Clearly, the up side of Junior is the early entry to the NHL, while the upside to College is the education.  I played Junior in Seattle and it was a great experience.  I loved every minute.  But there were also a lot of players on those teams that had NHL dreams that didn’t pan out.  I wouldn’t change a thing in my past but if one of my children had the opportunity to do WHL or US College I honestly don’t know which one I would choose today.

Q: What are some of your most memorable moments in hockey?

A: There are many.  Draft day at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit was special.  Playing in 2 WJC in Czechoslovakia and Russia were both amazing experiences.  Being able to play with some of the greatest players in history makes me appreciate how lucky I was.  Not many players can say they played with Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mark Messier, Paul Coffey, Eric Lindros, Joe Sakic, just to name a few.  Being a part of the Oilers in the late 80’s.  Although I didn’t win a Stanley Cup, I was there with the team when they won in ’88 and ’90.  It was amazing to be part of such a talented team.  Those are just a few.