>> Sounds good Ralph. One question though - what do you have in mind for
>> hometown? That is, would this be current residence, or would it be
>> where the player grew up (since that is often different from place of
Hometown is very subjective, but it gives the opportunity to show where
a player "learned his hockey" -- not where they are currently living.
I know, for example, that Graeme Townshend was born in Kingston,
Jamaica. He most certainly did not grow up playing hockey there -- he
moved to Canada at an early age. I can't recall the city.
Hometown is usually self-reported by a player. NCAA and Juniors publish
hometown, not birthplace. It might relate to the town a player's parents
lived in when he was born (as opposed to where the hospital was located).
The hometown/birthplace thing is perhaps my greatest source of emails.
People are always writing, saying "I grew up with so-and-so, he is from
X, not Y". When I ask them if they are SURE that he was born in X, they
often come back and say "well, I talked to him, he was actually born in
Y, but grew up in X".