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Daily Dish: Never Compromise Principles - Canadian Junior Hockey News

Published: Monday, 25 Jan 2021  
By: Stephen Heisler, JuniorHockey.com


Honesty is the basis of every productive relationship. The reality of the situation I’m about to describe is simple; the family refused to face reality. The events described occurred a few seasons back, but the story is just as relevant today.

With that said, let me share an excerpt from the Victorious Hockey Company player agreement.

Victorious is engaged in the business of advising the families of youth/junior hockey athletes with regard to their child’s (“Athlete”) youth/junior hockey options, potential college options, the Athlete’s potential for advancement to higher levels of hockey, while following the guidelines set forth by the NCAA to ensure the athlete’s eligibility is maintained;

The NCAA and College Hockey Inc., allow Families and Athletes to retain Advisors while still maintaining the Athlete’s NCAA eligibility.   

Victorious is an advisory service and is not a professional sports agent.  Among other things, we will not market the Athlete’s athletic ability or reputation to a professional hockey club on your behalf. 

As agreed, I did exactly what one family wanted from day one. This included the successful effort of getting the player drafted by a North American Hockey League team.

If the player did not show enough to impress the NAHL team that drafted him at a main camp, and the video sent to another team did enough to save family from the expense of travel to Canada, how do they figure that the Ontario Hockey League is going to be a good fit or that the player has a real opportunity there? It’s a level of play that I said was out of reach at this time based on the on-ice performance I seen, the opinion of a few other scouts, and what was shown at the NAHL main camp.

Just because another advisor can pick up the phone and get the player to a major junior camp, does not mean the player should be going.

Well folks, I got replaced for being honest. I'll take that over delivering false hope any day. I’m not the only hockey guy that thinks that a player that can’t impress an NAHL or CJHL team has no business jeopardizing NCAA eligibility to skate at an OHL training camp (if the player is in camp for more than 48 hours).

Yes, the player was at another OHL camp last year and still ended up back on his 18u team, so what has changed?

Core character and principles are traits that should never be compromised. There's no amount of money that can replace the peace of mind that honesty brings. 

Author: Stephen Heisler from JuniorHockey.com
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with Victorious Hockey Company. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.


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