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Hall shares letter of encouragement from peewee coach

Coyotes forward didn't make cut for team but persevered with help

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Taylor Hall is immensely talented but also received some great encouragement along the way, as he revealed through some personal keepsakes on social media.

The Arizona Coyotes forward shared a letter of encouragement he received when he was 12 from his youth hockey coach on Tuesday.

Instagram from @hallsy09: Was going through some stuff from my youth hockey days and came across this note I received from my coach when I was 12. Cheers to the coaches that give their time and effort to help young players achieve their hockey dreams. The 2nd photo is a scoresheet that my mom had been given from that same year. This was after I (#4) was not good enough to make teams that played in the Brick and Quebec Peewee tournaments. I guess the message is that lots can happen with support from people around you and dedication 👏

Hall posted a picture of a scoresheet from a game where he scored six goals and nine points in a game in October 2003 and a signed card from then-Hockey Canada CEO Bob Nicholson, who is now Edmonton Oilers chairman. Attached to the signed card was an encouraging letter from his "Coach Adam" from February 2004.

"In the years to come, things will happen that will make you question your talent and dedication to the game," the letter said, in part. "If you don't lose sight of your goal, everything you wish for will happen for you.

"You're a great kid playing a great game."

The encouragement worked. Hall was the top pick of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Oilers about six years after he was passed over for a team that played in the prestigious Brick Invitational and Quebec International PeeWee Tournaments. 

He has played 627 NHL games and won the Hart Trophy as a member of the New Jersey Devils in 2018.

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