In recent years, more has been expected of not only younger players in hockey, but also of agents. Ken Campbell recently wrote an article about how hockey agents in Canada are trying to recruit children as young as 12 because of the steep competition.

The NHL is different from the NBA, NFL, and MLB in 

Canadian Olympians Natalie Spooner and Hayley Wickenheiser, the two women in the back, have helped to grow the place of women in hockey. (Beth Bowers)

For the longest time, I have loved hockey. I grew up in Canada, so it was in my blood to love the sport. However, for the