Former Canadian professional hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs Doug Gilmour recently spoke to the media about how important it is for kids to pursue a college education, even if they have prospects of being a professional athlete. The NHL veteran made a point that no one who makes it to the pros knows how they’re first couple of years will go and that it is essential to have an education as a backup for other career options. Gilmour was in Saskatoon for the interview and told the Saskatchewan Weekend host Eric Anderson about some of the scholarship opportunities out there for hopeful young adults to get the best of both worlds by playing for a team while getting a degree. He also made sure to emphasize that playing in the minors at first can be unpredictable, but having a foundation with a specialty in something will always be there to fall back on.
The Kingston, Ontario native played in junior hockey leagues throughout his youth and was finally eligible to enter the NHL draft in 1982, where he was selected by the St. Louis Blues until 1988. Over the span of his career, Gilmour was a part of several other NHL teams that include the Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres and the Montreal Canadiens. In 2008 he became the head coach of his hometown’s junior hockey league, the Kingston Frontenacs, until 2011. In addition to that, Gilmour represented Canada three times as a part of the national hockey team.
Gilmour was in Saskatchewan recently and spoke with the media about the importance of getting an education in addition to a professional athletic career. His main message was to tell young people that if they can find a way to do both, pursuing a degree while playing sports is the best route to go.
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