Several hockey players from Quebec have the intention of continuing their course in a school of type “prep-school” or in an american university in the next few years. This is not in the next season where we can expect to see collateral damage related to the COVID-19, but in the course of the campaign 2021-2022.
For the season 2020-2021, the majority of agreements are strung between the players and us institutions. Like all the leaders in the world of hockey, the NCAA and the “prep-schools”, ” navigating in unknown waters.
As every year, the company Apex was to organise a three-day camp with the presence of a dozen coaches in american universities. The hockey players from quebec, aged 15 to 20 years, would have had the chance to show their skills and maybe attract the glances of one or two recruiters.
The event was to take place on 1, 2 and 3 may, but it has been deferred to 1, 2 and 3 August. However, with the recent recommendations made by the quebec government, there is a strong chance that it is cancelled.
“It doesn’t look good, especially that we don’t know when the borders will reopen, stressed Claude Morin, organizer of the camp and manager of the sports at the Cégep André-Laurendeau. This year’s camp was especially useful to the players visibility for the campaign 2021-2022.
“Of course, players could be approached to replace last minute cancellations or departures for the pros in view of the campaign 2020-2021. “
Morin explained that he had managed to convince the representatives of 13 american universities to come and scrutinize the talent in quebec, including one from the prestigious Harvard university.
The pandemic of COVID-19 brings a lot of uncertainties in several aspects. Morin believes that the hockey quebec will not lose rating because of the events of the last few months.
“I don’t think there will be an effect on the visibility of the players, he added. The coaches will continue to cross the borders to come to see them. They will still want to get the best players available. “
Same sound of bell on the side of Sylvain Hallé, which works to support young people and their families in the experience of the “prep-schools” in the country of Uncle Sam. For the season 2020-2021, it has given a boost to 10 players in their steps.
“No parent has contacted me to tell me that he was walking back and forth, stressed Hallé, who is a consultant for sports. At this time, normally, the parents have already signed the contract and sent a deposit. “
However, Hallé does not know how the situation will evolve for the inscriptions in the season 2021-2022. It is in the unknown, as everyone in the sports world.
“It may be more difficult for 2021 to several factors, he added. First of all, we do not know yet what will be the value of the canadian dollar. If it remains like now, it could roll back a few, and they may choose to enroll their child in a canadian college instead.
“Another is to know if both parents will still have their jobs. For my part, I am optimistic to see the “prep-schools” us to continue to open their doors to hockey quebec in spite of what is happening currently. “