It’s that time of year when families of young, aspiring hockey players start thinking about next season.
The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence. There are many factors that go into whether or not a player should make a move from one team to another or switch to a high level of competition.
For the purpose of this article, I’m going to focus on Bantam, Midget, high school, prep school and junior hockey. However, many of the principles can be used when making decisions at the younger levels. There are always exceptions to every rule, but these ideas are ones that I believe will help in the process. They are based on following the game closely for several years now and on discussions with agents, college coaches and NHL scouts who have been hockey professionals for a longer period of time.