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Brent Sopel: Advice for Parents of Young Athletes

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Brent Sopel (@brent_sopel) is a former NHL Defenseman and Stanley Cup Champion. Sopel as a champion on the ice and off it, known for selflessly sacrificing his body on the ice for the greater good of the team as a fearless defender. He also champions several causes, namely dyslexia and dysgraphia awareness, and believes that winners and champions aren’t those without struggles, they are the people that overcome them.

In this video, Sopel speaks from personal experience about parenting children who may be interested in sports. He notes that even though he has played hockey at the highest level, none of his kids play hockey because they haven't shown interest.