Eau Claire (WQOW) -- News 18 Sports Director Bob Bradovich sits down with Charley Graaskamp, to talk about Graaskamp's decision to leave the Eau Claire Memorial H.S. hockey program to join the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.
Graaskamp says it was the toughest decision he's ever had to make, but he thinks playing major juniors in Canada will be the best route to achieve his dream of playing in the NHL.
"You're saying goodbye to best friends," Graaskamp says about leaving the Old Abes program, "guys you've been on teams with since you were five. Coaches that you've been with for multiple years and played under. It's just hard. There was no easy thing about this decision."
By signing with an OHL team, Graaskamp forfeits his NCAA eligibility, but he's hopeful that playing junior hockey in Canada will work out for him.
"It's definitely a faster track to making a dream come true," says Graaskamp, "it's not necessarily better, it's what's right for the certain player and I felt like this was just the right route for me. It's a jumpstart to a future and a career and hopefully a career in hockey."
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