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  1. 3 points
    Obviously they didn't hit you hard enough
  2. 3 points
    Pay2Play Elite doesn't care about developing local talent, just $$$$$$ and helping a select few, let's not kid ourselves here
  3. 2 points
    Ever wonder how there came to be two associations in PAHL with the BADGERS nickname? According to the links below, Allegheny adopted the name in 1992 and Beaver adopted the name shortly thereafter in 1993. Both associations were proudly honoring the late Badger Bob Johnson of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Badger Bob coached the Pens to their first Stanley Cup in 1991, but passed away shortly after the victory. Beaver Badgers history: https://beaverhockey.teamsnapsites.com/history/ Allegheny Badgers history: https://www.ahabadgers.com/page/show/2101767-about-allegheny-hockey
  4. 2 points
    Kids that age, everywhere, are not developed at the numerous transition methods it takes to keep up with someone skating forward. They don’t even have the muscular strength, hip flex, or experience to put it all together yet. And if we’re being honest, quite a few of their straight backward c cuts aren’t even being performed right or to the full extent. My whole point though - is that eventually these Defensmen are going to figure it all out and come into their own. They will be coached on details. It won’t be a matter of skating fast and dangling around them like it was in squirts and peewees. I was using this to support my point that squirt and peewee hockey is not a real indicator of what a player is going to be when crap gets real. So to sit here and debate about what squirt or peewee kid is the “best”, who scored the most goals, made the most saves, who’s team is number one if they added 4-5 kids, who’s playing on what team and where, who’s getting private lessons with Brent Gretzky is all #*!&!# irrelevant until a kid can perform at a high level once the real game of hockey starts (at bantam). Once again, this doesn’t mean that the kids and parents shouldn’t have fun and be proud of accomplishments at the younger ages. There’s a lot of accolades to have - but to people who know hockey - the second you start to get pretentious (all the things mentioned above) - the people who see the big picture do a hard eye roll.
  5. 1 point
    How do you even gauge an 8-U team as AA???
  6. 1 point
    I just don't get why everyone is so quick to bash other organizations. There are plenty of parents whose kids love hockey and want to play and practice a lot. So, they aren't the best kids but the parents would rather have them on the ice more than other programs offer. Maybe the parents enjoy watching their kids play hockey regardless of whether they win or lose. More ice is better than playing video games. The Viper Stars do have some decent coaches. When you spend time at various rinks you quickly realize that not every coach knows what he is doing. Let alone have the ability to "coach." Every organization has some teams that are lousy. Some, have more than a few. At least the kids are still playing hockey. The people that I know (parents and kids) that are on the Viper Stars are quite happy.
  7. 1 point
    In years past all the younger teams played down to their level and mommy's and daddy's didn't cry and demand "AA Minor". If they were good enough to hang, then they got to play with the big boys. Silly
  8. 1 point
    Please join me in cheering on Mt. Lebanon Bantam A Major Black as they take on #1 Ranked USA Eagles 04 AA this weekend at the Silver Stick regional in Dayton. Go Hornets! You can do it!
  9. 1 point
    I don't think any defensemen on the PPE squirt or peewee teams are underdeveloped at skating backwards. I can give you positioning but not skating.
  10. 1 point
    Yes. Yes, they can. Just go listen to the parents carry on at a squirt game, doesn't matter who is playing or where. PAHL is just as bad, not just the independent teams have this malady. Everyone's kid is going to the show around here. Best eight year old goal tender in the country, that was a part of this thread, yes? 🤣😂
  11. 1 point
    The idiocy in this thread talking about Squirt level kids and their "ability level" is astounding. And that scouts attend games at this level? I question the hockey IQ of western Pennsylvanian's but also recognizing most cannot be this ill informed or delusional...........or can they??????
  12. 1 point
    I mean if you took the best 08’s on the same team it the best team in USA at that level. XXXXX the goalie may be the best in North America. That being said 10 year old hockey is different Hockey when hitting is involved, I get that.
  13. 1 point
    Excel Academy Program Philosophy: Recruit outside of Pittsburgh and take local player spots. Proceed to underachieve all season. All of this while making sure we charge enough to pay salaries to Excel Academy.
  14. 1 point
    Lol - nothing to hide. I think you are getting off topic here though as this has been discussed several times in the past and believe there is another thread out there that discusses this already. You can bash me all you want - I am in a position for it and it comes with the territory and I can take it. You can also put these "misfit" kids at the higher levels down all you want as well, as I am sure they can take it as well. But I just don't think it is necessary to put 10 year old kids down who happen to represent our region very well. Let them have fun for a few years. After all, we know many of the top players at 10U are not going to be the top players at 14U. The argument was about these 10U teams being ranked as they are and "Questions21" thinking they are "meh", when they are the highest rated teams in the area and represent our region well. But I admittedly overreacted as apparently I don't know who this is, but even if it were, I still believe we are good between each other and carry no ill will between each other. I served the purpose and I am hopping off here. To answer your specific question though, I am not aware of any tournament photos missing their division information as all the ones I see posted have their banners in the pictures or are clearly explained in the caption below. If you need help figuring it out or if you send me a link, I am happy to make a "correction" so we can add any missing information...
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  16. 1 point
    Since Questions 21 has taken the time to call out 9, 10 and 11 year old kids such that it is easy enough to identify the players, perhaps it is only appropriate enough to identify him as well, but referring to him by his full name would take up too much space, so perhaps we just refer to him as "AJ" so we don't personally identify him. AJ, first of all, this is actually a good post. Your assessment of the PPE Squirt and PW Minor teams are actually pretty good. Unfortunately, you don't recognize how strong they are relative to the age levels and region. It just doesn't look good talking about such young players like this. If you are going to talk about the younger ages, perhaps work to praise them. Let's see if I can help "correct" your post here so it is more appropriate. I believe this is what you meant. Again - "AJ" - your original post was a good post and a good assessment, but please know it is just not very professional to put down other 9, 10 and 11 year old kids, especially from a program you actively participate with, and also from a competing team at the same time (and especially against kids from the same specific position). You don't want people having a bad opinion of you, especially while your kid is at such a young age. I am hoping these corrections helped to improve your post so you know how to praise some of the top young talent in the area instead of putting them down. Take the advice of some of the others who have been around on the boards for awhile and don't worry about posting about the younger ages. If you keep this up, you may not be involved in the game long enough for when it matters.
  17. 1 point
    Looking at MyHockeyRankings, it looks like the 08 elite have played a lot tougher competition, on average, than the Vengeance 08 and are only 1 removed from each other on the rankings. I think they need to play more to sort out which is better for the season. It does make a good point that a) they should play each other and b) just think if you combined the top half of both teams how good they might be.
  18. 1 point
    On top of everything above I would get him out of that situation until it gets properly resolved immediately. Getting him out of what sounds like an escalating situation with potentially serious health risks is more important than hockey. That doesn't mean you let the situation go, make sure you pursue everything above - but at a minimum I would be avoiding showering situations.
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