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First Semi-Pro Hockey Game

Well, I played in my first semi-pro hockey game this evening. I notched a goal and an assist in a VERY offensive affair which ended 9-8 in a shootout. I also had a shootout goal which I’m going to try to post here. Its just this small little league that’s relatively new, there was only 300+ fans in attendance but it was real fun nonetheless. The pay isn’t anything to write home about, but like I said its fun and I can do it while I work and go to school. Hope you like it!

how is it semi pro?

Looking like Ryan Kesler on the shootout!

Well, I donno. I guess you could call it pro since I get paid. I figure everything under the NHL and maybe their AHL affiliates is semi-pro since the mnoey isn’t exactly enough to make a living off of without another job.

junior players get payed, so i think your definition of semi-pro is a tad skewed.

What team do you play on? I’m from Nodak and I know a few guys I went to HS with who play collegiate, NHL and junior hockey… A buddy of mine played on a team near Detroit a year or two ago. I think he got a few bucks a week plus some housing assistance.

That’s great - good luck!

If you get paid to play, that is professional.

BTW, you need to hot-dog more to piss off the other team and fans so you can rise higher on the entertainment meter.

I can’t watch the video while I’m at work, but nice to see some hockey on T-Nation!

Keep us updated on your season.

As for the “semi-pro” discussion, it’s a term commonly used to describe sports leagues (or other activities) that do pay participants but not significant enough to allow the person to use it as a sole means of making a living.

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A semi-professional athlete is one who is paid money to play and thus is not an amateur, but for whom sport is not a full-time occupation, generally because the level of pay is too low to make a reasonable living based solely upon that source, thus making the athlete not a full professional athlete.

[quote]Avoids Roids wrote:
If you get paid to play, that is professional.

BTW, you need to hot-dog more to piss off the other team and fans so you can rise higher on the entertainment meter.[/quote]

haha, I didn’t even realize I didn’t celebrate until I watched the video. Next time I’ll go by their bench and pretend my stick is a shotgun and shoot some of their players.

[quote]StevenF wrote:
Avoids Roids wrote:
If you get paid to play, that is professional.

BTW, you need to hot-dog more to piss off the other team and fans so you can rise higher on the entertainment meter.

haha, I didn’t even realize I didn’t celebrate until I watched the video. Next time I’ll go by their bench and pretend my stick is a shotgun and shoot some of their players. [/quote]

Modest celebration is considered classy among most Canadian hockey fans… but showboating definitely works for pissing people off!

Congrats on your new “career”! Hockey RULES! I wish they had a men’s league around here to watch.

Awesome job on the shootout–nice move!