Is Hound Town a good recruiting tool for players interested in advancing the dream of playing in the NHL?
I believe that Hound Town, in fact, is an excellent tool for players interested in advancing the dream of playing in the NHL. Hound Town demystifies the operation of a hockey team in the OHL by providing accurate information to assist players, parents, advisors and fans. It provides readers with a look at the ‘Program’ created by team management for its players.
Hound Town stresses the importance of teaching its players the importance of volunteering to do good work in the community to build the players’ character as a person and encourages them to reflect on the relationship between the Soo Greyhounds and its community demonstrating that the team does not have success on its own. They get to understand that behind the scenes there are amazing people that provide support. In Sault Ste. Marie, as in so many other cities in the OHL, it takes a village to raise a hockey team.
Hound Town provides a brief history of the forty-four seasons since the Soo Greyhounds received a franchise in the Ontario Hockey League (arguably the second best hockey league in North America) and reflects on the overall success of the Soo Greyhounds, which made the Soo Greyhounds one of the most dynamic, successful and exciting teams in North America.
Hound Town also describes the Soo Greyhounds’ ‘Wall of Fame’, which memorializes more than 100 players that have played in the NHL after spending time playing with the Greyhounds. There is a brief background for some of the best hockey players in the world that played for the Soo Greyhounds, such as: Wayne Gretzky, Ron Francis, Joe Thornton, Paul Coffey, Adam Foote, John Vanbiesbrouck and Craig Hartsburg as they pursued their hockey and other dreams.
Next week I will answer the question ‘What is a Soo Greyhound?’