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Daily Dish: Career Up in Smoke? Junior Hockey News

Published: Monday, 13 May 2019  
By: Stephen Heisler,

What is the single word that can force just about any college hockey coach to think again about a prospect? Marijuana.

We have confirmation that one junior organization had a number of players toking up on the funny weed courtesy of the resident head coach. In the hockey house, on the team bus, and likely just about anywhere else the urge to lighten the load hits.

The team is not the first team to face this type of behavior, and certainly won't be the last. The problem is that now every player on the squad will be facing additional scrutiny when the colleges start snooping around...if they start at all.

Drugs are the kryptonite for prospective college athletes. When I grew up, there was a distinct difference between the stoners and jocks. When did the pot-heads start to make their way into the locker-room? What thought could possibly be going through a young man's head before taking that first puff?

It simply does not make any logical sense. Prospects spend thousands of hours preparing and praying for the hockey dream, only to let it slip away for moments of a perceived high?

Boys, it's not cool, This type of behavior is self-destructive and simply stupid.

For those high-level prospects that elect to party away their college opportunities, I do have one dim light at the end of your hockey tunnel; single A minor professional player.

Yes sir, prospects can play professional and earn as much as $500 a week continuing the dream. Leagues like the Federal Hockey League boasts a number of call-ups to the ECHL, but few players are able to move up the ladder from there.

$500 a week? I believe that a young shift manager at McDonald's makes more than that.

To summarize, let's make this very simple. Smoke pot and forget school. Smoke pot and hockey prospects are just about guaranteed to end up with their name on the front of the work shirt, not on the back of a pro sweater.

Author: Stephen Heisler from
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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