June 23, 2010
Kevin Krook found that out. He was an average-sized defenseman with a definite penchant for the physical side of the game. As a junior player he bounced around the WHL a bit, playing with New Westminster, Calgary and Regina. He even got drafted by the NHL's Colorado Rockies in 1978, 142nd overall.
Krook signed a three game tryout contract with the Rockies in November 1978. Aside from a single minor penalty, he never made the scoresheet. He was assigned to Muskegon where he would apprentice for the remainder of the season.
Life on the busses in the minor leagues must have opened Krook's eyes. He would quit professional hockey and return hom to Cold Lake, Alberta, famous for being a Canadian Armed Forces base.
He would rediscover his love for the game of hockey in a purer form. He may have worked with Greyhound before becoming an administrator at the local sports center including the hockey rink. He also got into many levels of coaching.