Oh, if some media outlet really had the time to really turn an ace investigative reporter loose on the world of junior hockey recruiting.
It's not that it's greasy or dirty, but like hockey itself, there's so much that's buried beneath the surface. Like the NCAA, junior hockey is big business that is big because very little of the profits go to the labourers, plus it involves the Information Rich dealing with the Information Poor, teenaged hockey players and their all-too-eager-to-please moms and dads.
The story of Garry Nunn brings out all those elements. Nunn, 18 (a late '89 in hockey parlance, meaning he enters the NHL draft next summer), laced up last night for the Vancouver Giants, basically because his hand was basically forced. He already had a team, the Victoria Grizzlies in the B.C. junior league, and a scholarship waiting for him at Minnesota State-Mankato that he agreed to a few years ago.
Long story short, when Nunn was just 15 and attending the Giants camp, the team had him sign a letter of intent, promising that it would never be turned into the WHL. Somehow, the NCAA got a copy of it, and Nunn was faced with having to sit out an entire season in order to play collegiate hockey.
There's plenty of blame to go around for this, but it seems like the last thing that mattered was Garry Nunn's personal development as a player.
What's in a signature? (Sharie Epp, Victoria Times-Colonist; via Junior Hockey Blog)