Selling the Dream: How Hockey Parents And Their Kids Are Paying The Price For Our N Hardcover – Jan 22 2013
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“Ken Campbell has written the most important book on minor hockey that the game has ever known. Selling the Dream should be mandatory reading at registration. It is an extraordinary, compelling and profound look at what happens to a marvellous game when those who love it make it matter too much. It does not shatter the dream, but places that dream in perfect, undeniable and realistic perspective. Read this, parents – every single one of you – and then go and watch your child doing what the game intended: play.” - Roy MacGregor, author of Home Team: Fathers, Sons, and Hockey
“We all know the stories of hockey success … the young minor hockey protégé becomes a junior first round pick or college star who finds fame and a long career of riches. Ken Campbell balances those successes with the stories of the many more young players whose families spend countless hours and money trying to achieve that dream only to fall short. Selling the Dream is required reading for all hockey fans, parents and those connected to the game.” - Pat Morris, Newport Sports Management, agent to NHL stars Chris Pronger, Brad Richards, James Neal and others
“An absolutely fascinating read for someone in the NHL…a shocking accounting of the costs of minor hockey. I don’t think the average person realises the lengths parents will go to in order to get their kids into the NHL. I was flabbergasted. This story needs to be told.” - Jim Devellano, Senior Vice-President, Detroit Red Wings
“As a father of a young boy, I'm getting ready to navigate my way through the Canadian Minor Hockey system. You hear all sorts of stories, get all kinds of advice. This book does a great job of making me much more prepared for the challenges, choices and opportunities we'll need to address.” - Elliotte Friedman, Hockey Night In Canada
About the Author
Jim Parcels is one of the most connected and experienced minor-hockey people in Ontario. He has been an employee of both minor and junior hockey since 1989, and has also been a volunteer trainer/ manager for small town and big city teams.
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It is not only a discussion of the actual dollar costs, but moreso of the notion that dollars should or will guarantee a greater chance of success. After all is said and done, the criticism that Campbell seems to come up with is not so much the spending of the actual money (although he does point out that hockey is no poor man's sport), but the belief that all the personal trainers and elite sports schools and programs of excellence somehow are indispensable and that the sole reason for getting into hockey (for some parents at least) is to get a "return" on the investment of their son's or daughter's hockey career.
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Good facts. Repetitious and rambling. Did not seem to follow a pattern and jumped aboutPublished 1 month ago by John Rayson
This should be required reading material for every hockey parent. A much-needed wake-up call to allow your children to enjoy sports first, develop talent distant second.Published 11 months ago by JJS P.Eng.