Keeping up with the Joneses may as well be an epidemic for the hockey community.
What is he or she doing this summer to get ahead? What team is she playing on next year? Who are they working out with now?
Finding a spot on an elite youth or high school team is one of the most worried-about aspects of a hockey player’s development and advancement.
It doesn’t need to be, however. Sure, playing on a top team in your age group or making a showcase squad for a major tournament may help in the quest for more exposure and better skills. But it’s not the most important thing for a hockey player’s growth overall.
The best hockey players will be found, no matter where they are playing. Opportunities will come to those who earn it.