Imagine being one of those guys who end up spending their entire lives being told to do nothing but hockey, hockey, hockey and the furthest you get is the ECHL? Then you see guys who probably party a couple times of week, eat like shit, go off and play basketball, and jump rank up to the NHL before you? How demoralizing that must be? And yet it probably happens with more than half of these guys.
I never thought about that, but those guys that dedicated their lives and just never made it... you basically gotta restart your life at 30, or whenever you quit, and make a living that is outside of what you dreamed for the past 20-30 years.
Strong point. The $$ incentive just wasn't there (yet) 20-30 years ago.
Shit, you could train your kid to be a ref and I'm sure those top of the line refs (in any sport) are making what a doctor makes here in Canada.