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Old 09-29-2006, 05:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to get onto an ice hockey team to work my way up to a semi-pro, and maybe eventually minor league team. I didn't play junior hockey, and I don't play college hockey. I'm 19 years old and I live in Lima, Ohio, where there isn't even an ice-rink. Does anyone have any suggestions of where I can go or any leagues/teams I can try out for?
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Old 09-29-2006, 09:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I also live in Ohio, the closest rink to Lima is probably in Findlay, at the University of Findlay ice rink. But honestly, if you didn't play juniors, and you are now 19, you don't have much of a chance making it out of Ohio.
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Old 09-30-2006, 02:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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even if I move away from Ohio? There aren't open tryouts for semi-pro or minors anywhere?
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Open try-outs for minor league teams are just money making events. At 19, you don't have many options. Your best bet might be to play college hockey at the club level.
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What about semi-pro? Do minor league teams ever recruit guys who show up to the open tryouts if they have what they need on the team or would it just be a waste of time?
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Open try-outs are not common, and its rare that a team will sign anyone from an open try out. If the team wants you or is interested in you, they'll send you an invitation.
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Open try-outs for minor league teams are just money making events. At 19, you don't have many options. Your best bet might be to play college hockey at the club level.
Well if he is good enough to be thinking about future minor league hockey, I would suggest talking to a few lower tier college teams. They might be able to give you a look over and tell you if you should try to walk on. At 19, that would be the best option in my eyes. Open-try outs are rare for semi-pro and minor league teams but every college will have one for sure. They don't have to take players, but they love the walk-ons for practice depth at the very least.
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Alright. Thanks, I appreciate the help.
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The Toledo Storm are having open try outs this weekend. I think the cost is 300.00. You can also contact the Toledo Cherokees.
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Dustin Penner of the Ducks was over looked by the entire Jr. system in Mainitoba. He is now considered the be the next breakout power forward in the game.

WITH that said, how big are you? What kind of game do you play? How much have you actually been on the ice? Details please. If your from Ohio and you don't even have a home rink?? As a Canadian myself, from Manitoba I skated in my back lane for gawds sake. As a kid, from about 5 to late teens I spent hours and I mean hours on the ice. To this day I am a strong skater and in past years (when I say past I mean past :haha: ) considered strongly playing overseas. Do a google search for teams in England. They have open tryouts. Not sure about costs however just getting yourself there will be out of your pocket. And if nothing else, you did it and believe me that's worth a lot.

Furthermore, if your that serious about playing hockey then build your resume so that North American clubs might take you seriously. Do so by perhaps taking a run at a European club. Seriously, there are teams in England full of guys from Canada and the US who are making a go of it and are not in the top pro leagues.

And the Euro ladies.... Well lets just say :0pouce:

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