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11 Dec 2023

Major Junior or the NCAA? – The NCAA Case

In Part 1 of this series, we made the case for why some 15-to-17-year-old hockey players might benefit from heading down the path of playing Canadian major junior hockey. But

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30 Nov 2023

Major Junior or NCAA? Part 1: The Case for Major Junior

If you grow up playing hockey in North America, there are essentially two paths to the NHL once you reach the age of 16: the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

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28 Sep 2023

Women’s Pro Hockey, Part 2: Where We’re Going

I sit here writing this on the day after the inaugural PWHL draft. Ninety young women heard their names called yesterday. It’s the kind of moment that many of these

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22 Sep 2023

Women’s Pro Hockey, Part 1: How We Got Here

SkateGuard co-founder Mike Jaczko and I work in financial markets. There are times in markets when you have a thesis about what SHOULD happen. And then it doesn’t. You watch the

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