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When did NHL players begin specializing? Later than you think.

04/09/2014, 3:45pm MDT

When asked the question, “How old were you when you started to specialize (only play and train) in ice hockey?” here is what some of our American NHL players had to say:

Player Team Age
Craig Anderson Ottawa Senators High school
David Backes St. Louis Blues 18
Beau Bennett Pittsburgh Penguins 15
Dustin Brown Los Angeles Kings 16
John Gibson Anaheim Ducks 15
Jimmy Howard Detroit Red Wings 15
Trevor Lewis Los Angeles Kings 15
Ryan Miller St. Louis Blues 13 or 14
Kyle Palmieri Anaheim Ducks 14
Jonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings 17
Bobby Ryan Ottawa Senators 11
Brandon Saad Chicago Blackhawks 15
Paul Stastny Colorado Avalanche 14
Derek Stepan New York Rangers Sophomore year of high school
Ryan Suter Minnesota Wild Freshman year of high school

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