Judgment days

Kids who've spent their lives on skates jump through hoops at the NHL combine

Originally Published: July 17, 2006
By Gare Joyce

This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's July 17, 2006, issue. Subscribe today!

ON DRAFT DAY, the proud No. 1 pick stands alongside beaming team executives, wearing his new team's sweater while basking in the love of his new bosses, fans, family and friends. But that special day is only the last in a series that begins weeks earlier, at the NHL's draft combine in Toronto. There the top-ranked players from North America and Europe are invited to have their bodies and ...

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