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I could have made it to the NHL!

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This is a thread JUST for fun... since we're all chomping at the bit for pre-season to begin and start watching some real hockey, I figured I'd start a thread for some laughs - Put what "held you back" from making it to the NHL - I'll start it off.

I could have made it to the NHL if...

My knees had held up, I came from money AND I were 5 inches taller :hehe:

and, go...

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If I had the money to do it after I grew out of my goalie pads...and I was blessed with Hasek like talent.

So long as we are dreaming, throw in some Sawchuk, Plante, and Brodeur for good measure. You can keep the Waaahhh.

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If I would have come from a family that was familiar with the hockey world, to give me a better chance. If I had 20 more lbs and 2 inches on me. If my area high schools would have had hockey 4 years earlier. Etc...

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If I hadn't had asthma as a child which resulted in me not being able to ice skate for more than 10 minutes.

If I came from a family that had enough disposable income to support two sons playing ice hockey even if I hadn't had asthma since my brother was the hockey star as a kid but lost interest.

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If I hadn't had asthma as a child which resulted in me not being able to ice skate for more than 10 minutes.

If I came from a family that had enough disposable income to support two sons playing ice hockey even if I hadn't had asthma since my brother was the hockey star as a kid but lost interest.

orrrr... if you had offed your brother!!!

sorry, I went to a dark place on that one...

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If I had the talent, started at an earlier age, and had some hands.

College hockey is about as far as I can hope to attain.

????

You're still in the age group where this is obtainable? I thought you were older than that???

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????

You're still in the age group where this is obtainable? I thought you were older than that???

Well I'm playing college hockey now (just so people don't call me a liar, it's not Div I hockey), and I'm pretty sure this is the furthest I can go in my career.

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I could have made it to the NHL...

1) If I grew up somewhere else other than Wisconsin; not to blow all of your minds - WISCONSIN IS NOT A HOCKEY STATE!

2) If my parents would've put forth the effort in getting me in the sport when I wanted to back in the 2nd grade (they knew nothing about hockey, and few rinks in the burbs of Milwaukee...See above).

Although I will say my parents got me some skates, and a stick for Christmas, and I played on the nearby pond just almost every day of the week throughout the winter (be it with some friends or alone)...Pretty much taught myself how to skate, crossovers, backwards, etc, etc...Some of my friends even joked how I was probably born in Montreal, and some gypsies abducted me, and sold me off to my parents :P

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Well I'm playing college hockey now (just so people don't call me a liar, it's not Div I hockey), and I'm pretty sure this is the furthest I can go in my career.

right on, better than most will ever do!

What school do you go to/play for? I don't know why, I always got the impression from your posts that you were in your 30's...

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right on, better than most will ever do!

What school do you go to/play for? I don't know why, I always got the impression from your posts that you were in your 30's...

:lol:

I'll assume that was a compliment. I'm playing for Lawrence Tech's varsity team.

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If I was as good of a hockey player as I was a swimmer I'd make the NHL. How lucky for me to be best at a sport where only the best dozen or so in the world can make any money from it :(

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:lol:

I'll assume that was a compliment. I'm playing for Lawrence Tech's varsity team.

I guess it was, haha... :)

It wasn't really meant to be complimentary or derogatory to be honest, it was more just an observation... but now that I think about it, I guess it shows a level of insight and maturity to your posts, as well as your knowledge of the history of the game that someone younger might not have the appreciation for, so in that sense, you are correct to take it as one!

Are you guys a div 2, or div 3 team, or is more of a club sport there? Either way, it's pretty cool that you get to play college hockey... I'm just interested about LT's hockey program, as I was unaware they had one until now - I was in talks with the AD at MSU about being a walk-on before I blew my knee out... granted, I was WELL aware of my skill level, even then(this was over 13 years ago) and knew I would be a 4th liner, seeing limited ice time at BEST and was never going past college level at best, but I always wish I could have had the chance to play college hockey...

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If I was not born in the South, and @ 27 fillout to a 6'6 frame while only weighing 175 lbs.

I still play the crap outta roller hockey tho.

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I could have made it to the NHL if I had been a child living in Canada to a father who was a high school athlete and supported my wish at age three to be a professional goalie when I grew up.

Oh, wait, all of that was true. What stopped me?

I could have made it to the NHL had I not been a GIRL, which forced me from hockey into figure skating as girls were not allowed to play hockey in the little town in which we lived. Nor could I play in the towns to which we later moved as they had no hockey programs.

But the first few years were favourable.

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I could have made it to the NHL if I had been a child living in Canada to a father who was a high school athlete and supported my wish at age three to be a professional goalie when I grew up.

Oh, wait, all of that was true. What stopped me?

I could have made it to the NHL had I not been a GIRL, which forced me from hockey into figure skating as girls were not allowed to play hockey in the little town in which we lived. Nor could I play in the towns to which we later moved as they had no hockey programs.

But the first few years were favourable.

Bonus points for the Manon Rheaume reference! :)

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I could have made it to the NHL if....

I started playing hockey when I was 5 years old instead of waiting until I was 27.

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Are you guys a div 2, or div 3 team, or is more of a club sport there? Either way, it's pretty cool that you get to play college hockey... I'm just interested about LT's hockey program, as I was unaware they had one until now - I was in talks with the AD at MSU about being a walk-on before I blew my knee out... granted, I was WELL aware of my skill level, even then(this was over 13 years ago) and knew I would be a 4th liner, seeing limited ice time at BEST and was never going past college level at best, but I always wish I could have had the chance to play college hockey...

It was a club team before this year. Now we are a part of the ACHA, so I don't know exactly what division they would call that. We don't go out of state unless we get to a national tournament but we play MSU, U of D, Davenport, among other teams, so it's pretty cool. If I had to guess I would say it is division 3. But that is just a guess.

Too bad about your knee though. Would have been awesome to be part of their varsity program.

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It was a club team before this year. Now we are a part of the ACHA, so I don't know exactly what division they would call that. We don't go out of state unless we get to a national tournament but we play MSU, U of D, Davenport, among other teams, so it's pretty cool. If I had to guess I would say it is division 3. But that is just a guess.

Too bad about your knee though. Would have been awesome to be part of their varsity program.

Very cool about LT, good luck this upcoming season and keep us posted on how you guys do!

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I could have made it to the NHL if I hadn't been born in South Texas, and had been introduced to the beautiful game before I was in my 20's.

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