Cold facts This graph depicts the quality of players and the relationship of skill to month of birth. http://www.socialproblemindex.ualberta.ca/Reltier.GIF
Kids age from 5 to 16 learn the basic rules and the overall skills to play for the love of the game and ultimately make it to the next level.
Young men aged 16 to 20 move away from home to further there hockey careers and become noticed for scholarships and perfecting their skills learned to make it to the professional ranks
After 4 years of Junior Hockey those with the marks and the skills go to away to play for the pride of their school. Depending on their marks and skill level
The ultimate dream of every young hockey player. First getting selected in the entry draft. Then to be able to be paid to play a game they love. To compete amongst the best in the world night after night. Along with the opportunity to lift The Stanley Cup
Canadians dominating the NHL http://www.sharkspage.com/jpgs2/2006topgoalscorers.gif On a powerhouse like the San Jose Sharks, Canadians Joe Thornton, Jonathon Cheechoo and Patrick Marleau dominate as they lead the team in goal scoring.
The Stanley Cup, notably the oldest trophy competed for by professional athletes in North America, was donated in 1892 by Lord Stanley of Preston to be presented to "the championship hockey club of the Dominion of Canada.
Since 1910, when the National Hockey Association took possession of the Stanley Cup, the trophy has been symbolic of professional hockey supremacy. Beginning in 1926, only NHL teams have competed for this prized trophy.
Overshadowing all other championship trophies in sports, the legend and glory of the Stanley Cup continues to live in the dreams of hockey players and fans alike.