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hey, I am aware that you have most definitely been asked this before by a lot of kids but here it goes... I'm 21 years old, started playing hockey when I was pretty young but stopped during high school, because of that i didn't get any college recognition and so now I'm playing again and stuck playing in a casual adult league and some pickups. I'm transferring to a different college that has a team, but they aren't D1. Is there anything I can do to get some recognition from schools or programs to help elevate my game and play at a higher level? I want to play hockey at a competitive level more than anything, but I don't know how to get myself there.

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Luke

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Hello Luke ...  sorry for slow reply...  I was out of town and did not have access to internet like I thought I would.

While you are definitely going to have a harder time at getting recognized or chosen due to lack of a traceable history...  nothing is impossible.   Most of which starts with a BELIEF you have to have in yourself.

The key is you must accept your fate at this point and then set goals to overcome it by DOING EVERYTHING you can...  #1 being -- SHOW UP!  

Find out everything you can about the "next" team you want to try to play for and BE THERE ...  go to practices, tryouts, events anything.  SHOW UP -- ask if you can PLAY/skate... and then PLAY AND SKATE YOUR HEART OUT!

It's hard to say no to someone who (politely & respectfully) PERSISTS!!

Make sense!?

GO FOR IT!

Cheers,

Martial

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I have been playing amateur hockey for 48 years... from Youth hockey up to Jr. "B", and now still play in adult leagues. I have coached youth hockey for 10+ years and have been an "active student" of all aspects of learning, playing and coaching hockey for past 8 years. I offer not only some X`s & O`s about hockey but also some experience in practical, philosophical, spiritual and motivational aspects of playing and learning the game. My son is now 26 - just done with his carreer through College. He went through all the hurdles to get to Juniors and played there for 3 years, then College for 4. I am happy to share our experience during that journey.

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Now in my 49th year involved with this awesome ever evolving sport! I am USA Hockey Certified as Intermediate Level Coach. I have a BA degree in Psychology with minor in business (Brock University), as well as a LLB (law degree) from Ottawa University. I have owned and operated my family business for 30+ years now. I have co-parented 3 great kids!

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Social Studies Diploma CEGEP - Marianopolis College, Montreal Quebec BA - Psychology, Minor in Business - Brock University Law Degree - Ottawa University

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