This past weekend was spent at the IIHF’s Continental Cup with three clients on opposing teams, playing in three different countries. While I didn’t intend our lunch conversation to become an article, all three thought it would be a good idea.
Playing in Europe is something many players talk about. Most don’t know how to make it happen, and most will never get the opportunity because they don’t know how to make it happen.
Understanding how Europe works first is something that players need to learn. This in itself is not so easy, particularly when you take into account many different countries and many different languages.
You either have an Adviser or Agent who has great connections in Europe, or you go to Europe and get see by scouts. These are your options. There are no other ways. Europe isnt going to North America to scout. The KHL does in limited amounts, but no one else does.
Unless you are an NHL, KHL, AHL, ECHL level player, you need to make some things happen to play professionally in Europe.
If you are not a Tier I or Tier II player in North America, there are plenty of teams in Europe where players can play for free or almost free.
There are plenty of great Free To Play Junior Teams, and a lot of Pro opportunities in Europe. Great educational opportunities, and a great life experience.
When looking to elevate your game, and doors are closed to you in North America, its simply time to look for different doors to open.
If you are looking for a new opportunity professionally or for junior hockey, drop me an email, and your initial consultation is free.
Joseph Kolodziej – Adviser