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Playing Major Junior Out Of A Suitcase November 1, 2012 7:07 AM

Living the dream boys! You hear it every day, in every rink, in every language across the globe. Playing junior hockey is for many "the dream". Most will who strap them on every day will never get a sniff of the NHL. But still we choose to live the dream and look forward to every day we spend in the room with the boys. What happens though when you dont recognize the room, and the boys names keep changing?

Jack Nevins, who played two regular season games for the London Knights, is joining his fourth Major Junior Team in the calendar year of 2012.

On Wednesday, his agent, Jim Bursey of Montera Sports Management, confirmed that Nevins has signed with the PEI Rocket of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Bursey appears to be happy with where Nevins has landed. TJHN was told that Bursey actually believes his client has a legitimate shot at playing an overage year next season. Really?

The 6-foot-2, 199-pounder has 11 points in 61 career OHL games. Nevins had a minor hip flexor injury to start the 2012-13 season, and got waived by the Knights after two games. No OHL teams made a claim for Nevins and now he is in the QMJHL where he will be counted on to be a fourth line checking forward. In the QMJHL, checking forwards usually end up in the Maratimes Junior Hockey League fairly quickly.

Does this information make you believe that Nevins will be playing an overage year in Major Junior? If so, your last name must be Bursey.

Nevins began last season with the Sarnia Sting, but was dealt to the Kingston Frontenacs in January. The Knights traded a ninth round pick in the 2014 OHL draft for the power forward in August, and now he is with the Rocket. That train ride does not sound like one that would get Nevins an over age year of play.

So who gave this kid the advice to play Major Junior? Who told this player that living out of a suitcase for the last year would be a good idea? Who convinced the parents of a maginally talented player that Major Junior was the correct route for him? Who ever it was should be ashamed.

Try to collect the scholarship money owed now. Who owes Nevins what? Does any team owe anything? In what priority must he collect the money? How will it be managed between leagues? There are answers to these questions, let just hope Nevins gets the correct answers.

If the CHLPA is looking for an item to be concerned with, this may be one of them.

By Joseph Kolodziej

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