BuzzAndSting Posted October 5, 2011 Share Posted October 5, 2011 Yes but the other poster is correct that there are problems within the system. One of the reasons DiChiara never played on provincial or national rep teams was that many of these programs are not free and his parents did not have the money to pay for them. The national coaches can't be expected to scout every league but there needs to be a better system of scouting at regional and provincial levels so more players like DiChiara are brought to the attention of the national coaches. DiChiara was lucky in the sense that he had a coach who believed in him AND who had connections in Europe. In the vast majority of cases like DiChiara the player never has an opportunity to show what he can do and stops playing or continues only as an amateur. Many of these players may be as talented as DiChiara. There will always be a few who slip through the cracks even in a good system but our current system more or less guarantees this will happen regularly. I wasn't and I can't comment on how "the system" works because I don't know. I was simply saying that in Joseph's case it may be he simply wasn't good enough, as he alludes to in his comments. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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