On Drafting & Recruiting Hockey Players: How to Find a Culture Match

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Kelvin Cech

Steady contributor in multiple roles over the years at the coaches site, current head coach of the West Van Warriors Academy U18 Prep Team, former MJHL coach of the year with the Winkler Flyers and assistant coach with the UBC Thunderbirds Men's Hockey team.

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The NHL Entry Draft used to be pretty straight forward: find the best player available, draft him, and pound him into shape until he either makes or breaks your hockey team. Well, times have changed. Recruiting hockey players involves a lot more than watching games everywhere from The Soo to Finland to Arizona. While the verbal surrounding the draft still focuses on finding the best player available, from team to team, best player available has different definitions.

When you watch young athletes walk the stage at the NHL draft to pull on the sweater of the team that now holds his rights, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The amount of hours spent on this individual by scouts, player personnel types, and general managers is astronomical. And that’s just one player! For the Buffalo Sabres its a little easier. Is Rasmus Dahlin a good person? Yes? Ok good. Is he a cancer in the dressing room? Ok, not as good. They’re still taking him, though.

The NHL Entry Draft used to be pretty straight forward: find the best player available, draft him, and pound him into shape until he either makes or breaks your hockey team. Well, times have changed. Recruiting hockey players involves a lot more than watching games everywhere from The Soo to Finland to Arizona. While the verbal surrounding the draft still focuses on finding the best player available, from team to team, best player available has different definitions.

When you watch young athletes walk the stage at the NHL draft to pull on the . . .

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