San Jose Sharks: How Couture, Vlasic, Braun and 3 Others Made It to the NHL

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San Jose Sharks: How Couture, Vlasic, Braun and 3 Others Made It to the NHL
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There are many paths to the NHL.

Players can play Canadian junior hockey in one of three leagues: the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League or the Western Hockey League.

They can play collegiate hockey at schools like Notre Dame, Harvard, Minnesota and Michigan.

Many players come from overseas. There are many Russian, Czech and Swedish skaters in the league today.

Some players step on NHL ice immediately out of junior hockey. Others take a longer path through the minors.

The following are the stories of six players on the San Jose Sharks roster.

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