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  1. 3 points
    King is definitely right here. USA Hockey is a propaganda machine and spews out this kind of stuff all of the time. Explain to be too how the ADM, which is geared primarily toward the development at the Mite level, but has practice plan ideas for Squirt and above helped Turcotte after his 12U season? Also, the direct quote says that after he was "taken into the program" he fell in love again. Well of course he did since he was in the National Program. Its not like he had a coach he didn't like and went to another amateur organization and found ADM. Each year is making it harder and harder for even regular everyday dads to be a coach. Just look at the fact that now SafeSport trainings have to be done yearly as opposed to every other year. What does that solve? Is someone going to forget in the off-year from watching those hours of videos? And as we all know, just because you watched videos, it doesn't make you a good person or prevent you from a future crime. Add too all of these rules now being forced on officials, and the way they want them to call them (banging the boards) and you are going to see fewer officials not wanting to jump through the hoops. And lets not forget limiting players with an example of MidAm placing the 2007 player rule for Middle School limiting the number of kids that can participate there. We all complain about those that chase the extra 'A' and what it is doing to AA hockey and further down to the house level. In my opinion, USA Hockey is doing the exact same thing where these rules and regulations just further limit those that can play and volunteer.
  2. 3 points
    Entitlement, plain and simple. Parents and by association their kids who are the players, believe that they are entitled to everything under the sun. So few want their players to actually be coached, instead they want them to be coddled and told how wonderful they are. Like it or not, believe it or not, that sense of entitlement has risen exponentially ever since the word Elite has been thrust upon hockey players that haven't even had a pimple on their asses yet. Hard work? Discipline? Words that barely are uttered any longer in area rinks.
  3. 3 points
    Value-added comment of the day right there. Virtual trophies all around.
  4. 2 points
    Aww, so so cute. You get off by “likes” and people agreeing with you. Being a pompous ass towards others doesn’t make a thread more interesting - genuine thought does. You make some valid points, unfortunately it sometimes gets lost in your hostility and constant marveling at yourself. i would hate to see the mirrors in your home, all crusted with a glaze-type substance.
  5. 2 points
    I have to go with King on this one as well. His post was spot on. While it is nice that one person credited USA Hockey, it is still just one. I am so glad that my kid is now out of this mess. For me it started when they moved checking from Peewees to Bantams. They younger you get them playing contact, the earlier you can teach them the right was and the responsible way to initiate contact. For me it was a bad move. Now with this years resolution there are even more useless rules.
  6. 2 points
    The king is correct on USA Hockey.
  7. 2 points
    "Hockey propaganda" - now you have gone full Trump. I see a lot of similarities between you and him - keyboard warrior, always right even when facts stare you in the face, thinks you are smarter than anyone else in the room. SNAP! I will take the word from a family that went through the process and had a kid drafted 5th, rather than angry dad who has admittedly not have one single kid play hockey in western PA. I never knew diarrhea could actually come out of a persons mouth then transformed into words on a thread, as I thought it was medically impossible - congrats for proving me wrong. ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz........... ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz........... Your filibustering does nothing other than make me laugh. Wake me when it's over.
  8. 2 points
    Road paved, new bathrooms, new locker rooms, new ice surface, new boards, good food at the concession, water purifier, just basic improvements. It's a good thing that there is so much ice around, these high school teams have so many options.
  9. 2 points
    Didn't make huge improvements??? You couldn't even drink the water there before MF and DW bought the place. Complain about them all you want, but if those guys hadn't stepped in there would be one less rink in WPa today.
  10. 2 points
    I give credit to MF, DW and the rest of the ownership group as they have made huge improvements there, inside and out. And the ice surface remains one of the better ones in western PA.
  11. 2 points
    Let's not kid ourselves, there's still the Elite players and the Black players divide. They may all be wearing the same helmets but the only thing that changes is that it doubles the number of players for everyone to talk smack on in MS and HS games as well as summer leagues. What will be very interesting is what happens in August/early September when half of the 2010 parents finally realize that their kid is on Team 2 when all along they were convinced he was the best player on the ice during the summer. It's become apparent that the smartest person to be involved this sport over the last 6 years was Tim Cook who got out after only one year.
  12. 2 points
    I agree with number 2 for sure. My kid had an "Ex-NHL" coach. I thought he was the worst. He knew more that any other coaches because he "played in the NHL". All the parents gushed all over him, "my kid plays for so-and-so. He played in the NHL you know". Sickening.
  13. 2 points
    Enough already - you looking in the mirror fawning over yourself because of a vibrant thread? You are clearly lacking something bro - I assume you are the guy at work that after you complete a task you want to be celebrated within the organization in the company newsletter, all the while you are simply doing your job. And for a guy that has admittedly had none of his kids play in this so-called “cesspool” that is western PA hockey, you sure do have lots of opinions on something you nor your kids were ever exposed to. Have you ever coached a team before? All you do is crap on everyone and everything you touch here, you complain about the moderators “censoring” you, you piss and moan about everything yet you continue to return. Or maybe you get off on the turbulence. Why not take my prior advice and start your own web thread, so you can then revel in the so-called activity you create? Then and only then can you look into the mirror and fawn over what you created on your own. I’m sure there will be a line in the tens of tens just waiting for this to happen. please don’t let me down - I’m depending on you. Cheers!
  14. 2 points
    I have attended a few OU games and you are correct - it is a fantastic atmosphere. OU has a rink on campus and a large percentage of the crowd are students. Not many schools have their own rink on campus, especially a school this size and it serves as a great recruiting tool. I have heard two solid local kids that played for PPE and PR are attending OU in the fall. Athens, OH is a wonderful area and a great college town that backs all of its sports teams. The atmosphere at basketball and football games is no different. But lets not forget OU is the only game in town for the residents of Athens and neighboring farm communities.
  15. 2 points
    "losers". "degenerate". "psycho hockey parent" "subservient losers" All you do is hurl insults at others, all the while criticize this very forum as if you have all the answers which clearly you don't. If this forum is such a disaster, why do you keep coming back? Do you go back to the same restaurant where you can't stand the food? You don't contribute to this forum, you simply throw gas on the fire. Your act is old, self serving and boring. Here is a suggestion - start your own forum so you can insult everyone at your hearts content.
  16. 1 point
  17. 1 point
    If anyone saw the draft coverage when they interviewed Bill Daly then you saw him basically sum all of this up. He talked about the huge investment that the NHL undertook in USA hockey roughly ten years ago and how that has lead to what we saw this past weekend as far as the number of US players drafted in general and the NTP players in particular. What he didn't say but anyone can figure out is that this also means the NHL owns USA hockey. Not on paper, but they own them by telling them exactly how things will play out and how their amateur programs will do whatever they want whenever they want. This is the case in Buffalo, is slowly happening in Detroit (Little Caesar's) and well we all know first hand how it works here. I think Minnesota is probably the last bastion where hockey is still mostly non-corrupt.
  18. 1 point
    Aww, how cute. “Grapehead”....you just can’t help yourself by insulting me and others when it comes to challenging anything you say. I provided an actual quote, not opinion or conjecture and this is your comeback? If there is a dissenting opinion different from yours you immediately get on your soap box, insult others and insist you are right. Have you ever thought about just accepting the fact everyone doesn’t agree with you and move on? “Stay in your lane”...........at least you are good for some laughs in between your anger management med treatments.
  19. 1 point
    USA Hockey has begun the systematic elimination of any high level development out of the reach of their greedy hands via the new SafeSport and sportsmanship initiatives. It’s not dissimilar to how Allegheny County has attempted to eliminate the small contractor by way of their contractor licensing practices. What began as a necessary and immediate response to serial abuse has become a method of control for Colorado. Talk to anyone that has a clue in this area and they will tell you how these initiatives will sooner, rather than later, drive the remaining qualified and motivated coaches out of the sport. The coaching ranks are under attack by out of touch and elitist parents and administrators who can’t cede control of their children for the 2 hours they require to teach the players. USA Hockey has seized the day by ensuring that the talent they deem worthy will be channeled through avenues they control. Money, power, and influence are the motivating factors here. Think about it, if you are a USA Hockey admin in any capacity, you have had a very easy life doing very little work and the bit you did, you love. Then you see an increasing number of American born NHL draft picks who credit everyone but the National Governing body of the sport and paid everyone but said body to get them there. You start to wonder why. Theres a reason Kehller was on TV beaming at the 1st 7 Americans off the board. What program did they come from? Who gets promoted by every national TV outlet? Are there only 25 NHL quality players in the US? Now, back to the plan to eliminate the competition. If you make it impossible for any coach to do their job the right way by keeping them under constant scrutiny and legal action by the general public, you’ve basically narrowed the coaching competition to the ones under Colorado’s immediate control. They’ve put parents the peers of the coaches by way of their SafeSport and Sportsmanship initiatives. So for an area like Pittsburgh, who is short on competent and motivated coaches as it is, and who’s parent situation is one of the worst in the nation, you can get used to a major drop off in any NHL talent coming out of this cesspool
  20. 1 point
    Elite mites aren't eligible yet or we would have seen a much higher number.
  21. 1 point
    Quoting rtruth "Didn't BV's "NEW" board run tryouts this season? I'm glad you didn't put hat under the FACTS paragraph. You talk about posting negative and false posts,your kid must have been the one that didn't make the "Mite Elite Team"! " I'm sure you know this but, here it is for everyone else. I was referring to previous years tryouts. BV's "NEW" board did not run tryouts this year. They had an outside group of individuals (PHA ran tryouts ) so as to end the long-standing BV tradition of hand selecting a certain team, ie the 04 team. Another fact, this group of parents was so upset about there actually being fair tryouts that they asked the rink ownership if they could just put their team together .... a clear violation of USA Hockey rules (closed tryouts) .... you would think the Pahl president would know better. Once again, please feel free to confirm this with the rink management. More facts, I never had a kid play or tryout for any BV team, so there goes that "sour parent" tune you are trying to play. I did have a kid play for Fritz several years ago. Besides his over the top ego, he's not a bad guy. Speaking of sour parents, based on your very few posts, you seem to know a lot about the 04 BV team. Now, your post makes perfect sense.
  22. 1 point
    Is it? At the 05 level, it may even be A Major. Maybe.
  23. 1 point
    Didn't BV's "NEW" board run tryouts this season? I'm glad you didn't put hat under the FACTS paragraph. You talk about posting negative and false posts,your kid must have been the one that didn't make the "Mite Elite Team"!
  24. 1 point
    The Bantam birth year team at NP is a good group hockey players. Will be interested in where they play and how they do.
  25. 1 point
    No, I meant that their ability to penalize the kids for any banging on the boards is annoying.
  26. 1 point
    Another reason for the refs to think it's about them and not the outcome of the game
  27. 1 point
    All great questions. One thing is for certain, this adds a lot more to the "discretion" of the officials and that is the last thing that is needed.
  28. 1 point
    Personally the pha program in terms of hockey & hockey development is awful. I do give those guys credit for fixing that rink up, western pa does not need anymore closing rinks. Pihl has not recovered from airport getting closed. We could use another sheet or two In western pa, the problem is, it’s not very profitable. The island would be gone if rmu didn’t buy it.
  29. 1 point
    "Basic, necessary improvements. Certainly not huge improvements. My understanding is that most of the remaining HS teams can't wait until their contracts expire so they can bolt. BV has been shaken down to what, half of what it was before the purchase? Pretty soon they'll have exactly what they wanted which is a rink all for themselves. Just the two of them. Take it away, Grover Washington.................." HS teams wanting to bolt........bolt to where? Where are they going to find ice time? Baierl? No way. UPMC? If they want 6am practice slots I am sure those are available. Neville? Nada.
  30. 1 point
    Was there for playoffs last year. Has come a long way no matter what you call it.
  31. 1 point
    Agreed. It is a little bit of apples to oranges. The rink is right there (Harmer and the others are too far away). The town really doesn't have a lot of other options as well. It's nice to be the only game in town.
  32. 1 point
    @The King This is a quote from you in the locked thread: "My kids have never played hockey around this cesspool. I never had to live vicariously through my kids. " Why exactly if your kids haven't played around here, are you spending your time on this message board? Why do you care about what people post here if you have no stake in Western PA hockey, unless you have something to do with coaching one of the local teams or ties to an organization. I mean, I couldn't give a crap about Minnesota youth hockey, so I don't go troll their youth hockey forums.
  33. 1 point
    Don't pat yourself too hard on the back. They only reason that some of the threads have blown up lately is to rebut a lot of your fluffy attacking posts. You do realize that if you would remove all the attacks and other rubbish your posts would be half decent? But you constantly have to call out people in your posts and thrash them when this is not necessary. One more thing, by the way, the traffic "increasing" doesn't put a single penny into my pocket, so don't think you are doing me a favor. I'd rather have a more civilized discussion board where every other post wasn't a personal attack.
  34. 1 point
    The fact that the PPE imports kids is proof that Western Pennsylvania hockey has progressed. Why would a kid come from out of town unless it is a strong program? Hockey is expensive. Then again, basically every sport is expensive. At some point you need sponsors to step up. It would be interesting to see how much money other corporations put into youth hockey teams. Just looking at Detroit. It seems as if they have a lot of corporate partners in comparison to here.
  35. 1 point
    All good points, especially #1 and #2. On #1, what will happen to youth hockey when 87 and 71 are gone and retired? From a numbers standpoint the sport at the youth level has grown significantly here ( PA is #3 for highest USA Hockey registration growth over the past ten years ) and local PAHL organizations like SHAHA, Foxes, NP and SCIR had record turnouts for this past session of tryouts. Adult leagues are also growing - last I looked UPMC had over 60 adult league teams. Crosby's Little Pens program has been such a success they have added another season session to where there is a fall / early winter session and a late winter / early spring session. Regarding #2, when the program first evolved it was all local talent and to my recollection, was founded on the concept of growing and developing talent throughout western PA. Now, not only are they importing kids at the higher age levels from other cities outside the state but at the U12 level as well? How long will it be until mom and dad wanting little 8- year old Johnny to reach the NHL pack up from another city and move to "further his career"........ #3 - income gap - agree however its more evident in soaring ticket prices for Pens games where a $400-500 night of hockey is not out of the question.
  36. 1 point
    Actually, a very good topic. I'll give my 3: Pittsburgh is not a hockey town. It's a Penguins town, or more specifically a Sidney Crosby town. Most parents can't articulate anything past, blah-blah-blah Sidney Crosby, blah-blah-blah Geno, blah-blah-blah Penguins. An organization running the number one youth program in the area, and it doesn't care about developing players or more specifically growing the sport. Too great an income gap between families. I am willing to have an open (civilized) debate with anyone who disagrees.
  37. 1 point
    2:50pm EST 6/3/19. I have completed my review of this thread and removed a few useless posts and otherwise left it stand. This topic is now CLOSED and LOCKED. **Do not start a new thread to rehash this same topic or it will be immediately deleted. **If you see or hear of a SafeSport violation, you should report it. I shouldn't need to tell you that. **I have no idea about the exact facts of what supposedly happened here and since this is an anonymous board with no way of us verifying information, there's no need to let this go further as this has now descended into a shouting match. I have repeatedly said we don’t have to explain why and what we moderate on this board yet some people keep calling us out. It’s not up for discussion. PB
  38. 1 point
    Yuck is the only word I can think of to describe the cowardice in the WPA hockey community. @whome87 came to this board with a topic that actually made this board worth reading for once. I’d like to present a few points surrounding this topic that should make everyone that argued his point and everyone that removed the thread should be ashamed of themselves. 1. No names were used and no definitive accusations were made. A topic of discussion was presented and immediately stricken from the record. PB Reply: It was removed after a few days, and after the post got too personal and the attacks too strong and player identifiable information was WAY too much. 2. The fact this thread was removed shows the sheep mentality of the cowards in this town. If someone on your favorite team says to jump, you say how high Sir? Followed up with- “Oh and do you think that if I suck up to you enough, you’ll sign my sons hat? Or maybe think about possibly taking him on your team? He’d love to sit the bench and watch your son play. We’re generations deep of cuckholds sir. Just what you’re looking for!”. PB Reply: I will remove any thread that in my opinion crosses the line and this thread was way beyond that point when I dropped it. No body tells me what to do on this board. Not the Penguins, not my mommy, not anyone. So get over it. 3. There’s no defending the actions of these brats. None. Just because you have money and sit at the cool kids table, gives you no more rights than anyone else. This used to be a town that didn’t cater to that. The generations have gotten so soft it’s disgusting. Spare me the kids will be kids routine. This is way beyond that. Penn State has a proven history of covering up illegal activity. The moderators of this board can now count themselves among the same cohort. PB Reply: I am not a "cohort" of anyone. And there goes another unwarranted insult by you. This is proof this board is a useless cesspool of suckups and sycophants. No useful information to see here. PB Reply: If this board is useless to you, "The King", why are you wasting your time here? Feel free to find the exit door. It's right over there.
  39. 1 point
    And probably also significantly lessen the hostility.
  40. 1 point
    Would make the board much for useful for the 99% of us with no ties
  41. 1 point
    OMG you are actively thinking of ways to avoid being banned on here? 😅😂🤣😭 Why? I don't have anything to do with this board, or fafa fohi. No agenda, although taking aim at your vitriol is fun. That could be considered an agenda, I guess. Dude, every once in a while you make decent points. Stick to that, sans all the insults, and I won't complain about your posts. When you troll, whatever point you are trying to make gets lost. Over and over again, you prove yourself to just want to argue with and insult people.
  42. 1 point
    @Saucey @fafa fohi have a history of not being able to comprehend what they’re reading and they also work hand in hand with the moderators to keep certain agendas on track and strike out any posts that don’t serve those agendas. By the way guys, having trouble blocking IP addresses lately? Anyway, here’s the post again so that those that can read will understand what the problems are here and maybe they’ll take my advice and force the folks in charge to answer questions on any facts they are presented.
  43. 1 point
    WTF? Is there a point to all this? If so it has become lost in a yet another rambling mess of insults. This thread is unreadable. Looks like either the same poster pretending to be separate posters or two people in need of a private conversation. Talk about a topic and quit insulting other posters while you do it. It is not that difficult.
  44. 1 point
    So you don’t have a kid at the organization, never played there yet YOU of all people are giving “Facts” out? Yeah, ok!
  45. 1 point
    Told you PPE shuts everything down. Im sure there was influence from them. PB Reply: PPE did not shut down that thread. I shut it down. See my edits above for the "reason". Just like mario buying the hornets because his kid couldn’t make its money equals power. So why why was the 2003 ppe problem removed ? No names were ever used. Paul Baxter even had a comment on the situation. PB Reply: I did and I removed the whole thread thus my post bit the dust too. There's no conspiracy here. Don't know why people are trying to read so much into this.
  46. 1 point
    I feel like we have been left a trolls cliffhanger
  47. 1 point
    This is great, a development program is a great way to get the kids into the program. However, not all programs have the volunteers or the resources to do this and rely on the middle school program to be the developmental program. After all, that's what Mid-Am claims, that MS should be developmental and then proceeds to hamper programs that are trying to develop by limiting the number of younger players. I'm not exactly sure why Mid-Am has made this rule. Dropping it from 9 players to 25% of the total roster is a pretty dramatic change. Maybe this is their way of getting leagues like PIHL to drop the MS level and just have MS be truly developmental only?
  48. 0 points
    This is a great example of what I’m talking about. I don’t care which club you choose, the point is making progress. Sometimes that means people move on. What you’re trying to tell us is that, because of one person leaving an organization for whatever reason, said organization is garbage now? They may be garbage but it’s not because 1 person left. But the This again is why this area can’t progress. You take everything as a personal attack. The organization sucks now because a coach left that took your kid and he got cut when he was gone. Grow up. Move on. Why do you want to be in an organization that doesn’t want you? You wonder why so many players from this area fail so quickly after leaving their comfy spot in Pittsburgh. Make them earn it. Let them fail. Most of all, quit letting organizations and coaches dictate your behavior.
  49. 0 points
    WOW! That is not good news for kids in that area... lots of teams (club and high school) use that ice. What a shame.
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