"I know he's going to Harvard, which is good. It's going to give him four years to get ready for the pro level, and he's not gambling it all on hockey. He's going to get a great education and he's going to become a better hockey player, a more mature hockey player. But when you got a big guy like that with good hands and good size and good skating ability, it always sticks out." -- Ian Laperriere
Jiri Placek and Leaka Plackova were insistent in that regard with their son, Petr Placek, and he certainly paid attention. Petr, a seventh-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers at last month's Entry Draft, will start at Harvard University in the fall.
"It was the first school I visited," Placek told NHL.com during the Flyers' recent prospect development camp. "It's Harvard. That's about it."
Placek grew up in Slany, Czech Republic, about 45 minutes northwest of Prague. He started in the Kladno youth hockey program, and while he did well, he had his sights set elsewhere.