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hockey_71 (Login hockey_71) from IP address 184.108.40.206
Congrats to Mitch on his Scholly to Cornell - although any goalie
going there should be nervous about having an opportunity to play (they
shelfed Garmen for two years, and after his third decided to leave for his
He will be replacing the third stringer and with the recruiting they
will be making for the next two years... strong possibility he will
see no action. I`m thinking and hoping he accepted on the education part only,
cause hockey wise its going to be a long four years.
All I can say is I really really hope Mitch is going ONLY for the education aspect of it.
He should know what is said at recruiting time is lots of things but reality can be completely
different. Gillam is going to be a pure backup #3 or #2. The same lines that were feed to him were probably
feed to Garmin and most recently Marozzi from the AJHL. All you have to do is look at what both those guys accomplished
and when they arrived there they came to a grinding halt. That coach will look for a top goalie to fill either
the vacancy that will be there next year or when their local boy Iles leaves in two years. They probably didnt
tell him that he was the third or fourth goalie going down there for a fly down this year - which says alot as to why
the other goalies declined and some accepted offers elsewhere.
I hope Mitch has another good year of experience next season - maybe his stock value will go up and he will look
around for a better playing opportunity - if of course he wants to have a better probability of playing.
Nothing is ever for sure... that goes both ways.
Do some research/homework - you should see a pattern.
Didnt even give Garman exhibition or reg. season games in his first two years,
yet in this third year split the exhibitions games and season with local
kid/rookie. Why did Mike Garman leaving unexpectedly late last Spring ?
What do you think the next two recruits are going to be told,
especially the local guy/starting spot in two years? If and when Gillam
goes, among all the question marks and uncertainty, I sure hope he is given an opportunity to play.
It will be interesting to see if former Victoria Grizzly and UND dropout Grieco will also be back with Asiago. He had his rookie season there last year after 2 years at U. of W.Ontario. If Marrozi is replacing Asiago's other goalie, Jeff Lerg, formerly of Michigan State, he is going to have to "hollywood" his warmup routine somewhat.
I still have a hard time understanding how Italy's pro league which only averages around a 1000 a game, BCHL range game ticket prices and what appears to be WHL corporate sponsorship levels at best can afford to pay any salaries.
The owners of these teams in Europe usually are really rich and own a lot of other businesses and the hockey is a hobby. The European rules on using losses in one business as a tax deduction in another are probably very generous. Also, the travel distances in the Italian league are very small and they probably don't do much overnighting away from home.
Most rookies in the European minor pro leagues only make as much as they would at a fast food restaurant here. Accommodation varies from billeting to hotel rooms paid for by the team with other luxuries like sharing an old Fiat with team mates. Most Canadian Senior AAA teams would be successful in a European minor pro league. But that isn't what playing in Europe in is about, it's a life experience that you can't get playing in beer league.
Interesting comments, it is about a life experience, but it does also provide opportunties for advancement... Tim Thomas is one example of success that includes a European experience. Most recently,
Daniel Bellissimo left Western Michigan early started in Asiago and now is playing in Northern Europe, (Sweden) for + 200,000 euros... not bad i'd say.
Seems to parallel Thomas' story quite a bit. I remember wondering what happened with Bellissimo at W. Michigan. He was there the same time as former Cowichan Cap Chris Frank. After being the starter 1st and 2nd year I wasn't sure if he was forced out or it was his decision to vacate the spot in 3rd year. Was surprised to see him then pop up on the Italian National team.
Playing in the SEL next year will be a big step up. There are usually only about a dozen or so Canadians playing in this league each year and a fair number of those are players with former NHL experience. Former Canucks Krog, Goren and Moran played in the SEL last year.
Renon in Italian league signs another top goalie..Canandian Justin Pogge, not sure
these guys are going over there to share just a Fiat.. Still no word on Gillam thou,
with no announcement from Cornell over the last 4 -5 weeks seems to suggest he is not going at least not fall 2012.
IF, you've ever been a hardcore rinkrat and your identity is established and continues to be dependent on being seen as a hockey player you become like just another old "punch drunk" boxer who doesn't quit the game til his marbles are too scrambled to do much else. Certainly not all these guys in European minor pro are minimum wagers but the majority are just filling spots chasing the elusive Canadian dream.
Hockey generates billions of dollars in income each year through sales to wide-eyed kids and their parents of everything from equipment to tournaments and camps to new SUV's for winter driving to get to the rink in the early morning before the plows are out. It does this through manipulative marketing that encourages kids (and parents) to buy into the dream and when being a pro athlete becomes entrenched as your identity it makes selling short just to cling to the dream a reality for a few hangers on.