Shafi vocal coach on his role in Shafi’s rise
A vocal coach who helped groom Shafi Omdurman says the pressure to perform was intense.
“It was really difficult,” said Tarek Ghassemi, a former assistant with the Los Angeles Kings who was the Detroit Red Wings’ director of player development when Omdouman was a 19-year-old prospect.
“There were times where you were like, ‘I need to get better,’ but it was really hard.
There were times when I didn’t have a clue what was going on.””
It’s hard to explain to somebody that when you see Shafi in front of you you have a big picture in your mind, but that’s not really how it worked.
It was really tough.”
Omdoumen’s family was among those who attended the school in Windsor.
His mother, Shafi Eshkol, said her son has always had a bright future ahead of him.
“He was always going to be an exceptional player,” Eshgol said.
“He had to learn to play the game in a different way.
But I was really lucky to have him.”
Shafi was drafted fifth overall by the Nashville Predators in 2014.
He played two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League before the Predators moved him to the AHL.
He scored his first NHL goal in his first game on Jan. 10, 2015, against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In March 2016, Shafias father died.
Omdouns mother, Khaled Eshbari, was at the funeral.
“I have always felt that he was destined for greatness,” Khaled said.
“My son was very humble, he always worked hard.
He was always thinking about the next step, and I never saw him lose any sense of himself.”
The pressure was intense, too.
“Every day he was in the rink,” said Shafi father, Mohamed Omdoul.
“If you saw him in the dressing room, you would feel like he was on fire.
It wasn’t like he could relax and take a break.
He always wanted to be on the ice every day.”
Shafias dad says he has no regrets for the sacrifices he made to achieve his goals.
“All my kids have had to make sacrifices,” he said.
“(They’re) not easy to make, but I’ve always wanted them to succeed.
I always tried to be a role model for them, so they can live a better life.”
Tarek, a longtime assistant with Los Angeles, said he and his wife took care of their son and gave him the resources to succeed in hockey.
“The school was a great experience for Shafi,” TareK said.
He believes Omdourmans success in hockey was due to the fact that Shafi was exposed to the NHL first hand.
“We all watched him play hockey in the NHL and it was the first time in his life he was able to play in the league,” Teark said.
“[The school] gave him a platform to learn about the game and to see what was possible.”OMDOUMAN WAS AT LEAST 15-THIRTY-PERSONTHAT HIS PUPIL TOLD HIM HE WAS GOING TO PLAYHERE TO WIN”I saw the whole hockey world and saw all the guys that went to college and how great they were, and it made me realize that I was going to go to college too,” Omdoubaid to a local newspaper in 2016.
“So I thought, ‘OK, I’ll just go there and learn what I can and see how I can get better and learn how to become the best player I can be,'” Omdoufaid.
“I had a dream, and now I have a job and I have everything to show for it.”
Omari Omdoud’s son, Abdel, who is in his final year of college, is a member of the University of Michigan.
Omdoud was at Michigan when he first attended the academy.
He now plays in the OHL and has five goals in 23 games.
“When I first got there, I was very excited to play for Coach Omdouri,” Abdel said.
He added, “It was a dream come true to be with Shafi and his family and coach.”MEMBERS OF THE OMDOUMAS FAMILY, INCLUDING ONE OF OMDOUS’ FATHERS, SAY THEY ARE BELIEVEDOF THEIR GOALSTO GET TO THE TOPOF THE NHLNHL.COM/NHL: http://www.nhl.com/news/2017/05/23/shafi-obdouman-son-matthew-omdoud-wins-bantam-round-1/