Player agent shares secrets on road to NHL
MacPherson Hockey Tournament players were treated to a special guest during their Friday luncheon.
Wade Arnott, one of the top player agents in North America, shared the success stories of his firm’s clients – dropping names like Steven Stamkos and Tyler Bozak.
He, who has enjoyed a 20-year career, started by addressing which development path is best suited for each student. He debated NCAA versus Junior A, noting positives of both routes. “Only 6% of players will make it to the NHL, so if you are good enough to play professionally, it doesn’t matter which route you choose,” Wade said.
NHL Central Scouting reports were Mr. Arnott’s second topic. “Very little attention is paid to goals and assists,” he told the boys. “They aren’t ignored, but they are less important.” He kindly shared with the boys the four categories they are judged on in an analysis and how one game does not make or break their opportunities as scouts follow them for an entire season.
His final piece of advice was that the path to pro hockey and especially the NHL “is a marathon, not a sprint.” The road to success will often be marked by setbacks and adversity, but those who persevere and have a strong desire and work ethic have a higher chance of making it to the NHL he noted.
Wade Arnott is the father of Callum ’23 and Grayson ’19 and is a member of Newport Sports Management (NSM) in Toronto. He has a law degree from Concord Law School and a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. He started his career at NSM in 1995 and represents players at every stage of their amateur and professional careers, advising on matters regarding junior and college hockey, the NHL draft process, entry-level professional contracts, free agency, and salary arbitration. Wade plays a significant role in building and managing NSM’s NHL clientele.