It’s that special time of year when the school year is coming to an end and young hockey players everywhere are thinking, “Great! Time to sit back for a while and do nothing…..”
Well that’s not the advice we give those who are anxious to achieve scholarships or financial aid packages in the future. In fact it’s just the opposite. It’s time to plan, get organized and be ready to seek more information. Yes, that’s right, learning even when not in school.
Last week this flog focused on some recruiting advice and we got some great feedback. People had some great questions so I thought we would build on that and get into the academic issues even deeper.
When I wrote “ask Barney” in the title, I did not mean the purple Dinosaur. I wanted to get some expert feedback from someone so I asked Craig Barnett, (Barney)who is the Director of Player Placement for our company to help out. Craig’s vast experience and knowledge pertaining to the process allows him to give valuable advice.
1989-1991 – Player in NY Ranger system (Flint IHL, Binghamton AHL, and Erie ECHL)
1991-1993 – Assistant Coach, Mercyhurst College (NCAA II)
1993-1994 – Assistant Coach, Kent State University(NCAA I)
1995-2002 – Head Hockey Coach, University of Findlay (NCAA I and III)
2002-2004 – Hockey Director / Assistant Athletic Director, Lake Forest Academy(Prep)
2004-2006 – Director of Athletics / Head Hockey Coach, Becker College(NCAA III)
2006-2009 – Director of Athletics, Mercyhurst College (NCAA II, NCAA I hockey)
I asked Craig for 7 bullet points relating to the academic process and issues potential college bound players and families should be thinking about and addressing. Here is his advice. Hope you can use some of it.
You can contact Barney at:
Or If you see him at the rink over the summer at the many showcase events, make sure you say hello or ask him any questions you might have. You’ll recognize him. He will be the one in purple. 🙂
Thanks Craig! Great job.
Everyone have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend and remember who our real heroes are. The men and women of our armed forces that give us the freedom to enjoy our great game. Try to say thank you to one of them if you can.
Kerry Huffman Platinum Hockey Group/Cardinal Sports 609-339-5156
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