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  1. 7 points
    It's very simple. WPA DOES NOT develop hockey players. They take the money. Play lots of games and leave a bunch of kids wanting. I go to a lot of games. The fundamentals that are lacking in our kids is obvious. They can skate and shoot with the best of any one. It's how they play the game that leaves them behind. Maybe instead of kids under the age of 16 playing 60 games and having 40+ on ice practices. They should have 100 practices and 30 games. The NCAA has that sort of schedule and it doesn't seem to hurt the development of their players.
  2. 4 points
    Then don't come to the rink. Can't follow the rules? Then get the f*ck out. Same principal as if your kid drops the mitts and starts a fight. He will be suspended. Or you get a smart mouth with a ref, you should be escorted out. Wear the mask, wash your hands, let your temperature be checked, follow the rink's guidelines or stay home. Playing hockey is a choice, nobody is forcing you or your kid to be there. But while there, they are asking that the rules be followed. Is that too hard of a concept to understand?
  3. 4 points
    I disagree with this a little. My family struggles to go to anything extra during the hockey season because we are .... playing hockey. I would love to catch more of those things but we can only be in one place at a time. Maybe marketing should be broader than the hockey community. The RMU games are so much fun, but really....when do I have time? I would love to go to the Three Rivers Classic but someone is always in a tournament. We are lucky to catch one Wheelers or Phantoms game a season and a few Pens games.
  4. 4 points
    It's on the graph titled "Reported Exposures by Activity" and in the category of "Played Sports". It looks like the main culprit now is parties.We probably would be in pretty good shape and not even talking about youth sports & gyms being a potential problem if all the summer parties didn't happen. We can thank all our neighbors that occasionally have 20 or more visiting cars lining the street for keeping our kids out of school and other extra-curricular activities this fall.
  5. 4 points
    I dunno it's weird. Lacrosse definitely never seems to be that way, parents are 99.9% happy and cheer for the team. Even individualized sports like wrestling and youth boxing ive seen more collegial environments. Baseball can vary but I'd say across the board nothing I've experienced comes close to the parent idiocy in hockey.
  6. 3 points
    I believe they call that "creeping around"
  7. 2 points
    No reason you need to be at the rink if you can't wear a mask or social distance. Why ruin it for the kids if you bring it to the rink or get it and blame the rink. If you have a medical history I would think you would be smart enough to stay home.
  8. 2 points
    all these ass hats screaming freedom, have no idea what freedom means. it's just an excuse for them to be selfish *(#&(@)$*@)*$)@*@)$*)@*$ weeds. Almost every case where one of these idiots screams freedom from the oppression of the cloth mask, takes place in a private business. The only freedom that exists is the freedom of the business owner to run their business as they chose and the freedom of the patron to not patronize the business if they don't like it. if an ice rink rink says wear a mask, wear a mask or don't go to that ice rink. try walking in without a shirt and see how long that lasts. scream about your freedom and i bet you go to jail.
  9. 2 points
    When it comes to PAHL I think they need to run a very tight ship in regards to people not following the rules. Take the kids name and suspend him. If its the parents doing, ban them from the rink too. I'm so sick of stupid people ruining everything for the rest of us.
  10. 2 points
    And you know there will be those that don't follow rules. That's the problem. That's also why it's so hard to get back to something close to normal. Almost nothing would need to be closed with masks, social distancing, hygiene & no parties. I applaud you for calling out the idiots. I just fear that those idiots will feel that you are getting in the way of their "freedom" and will be willing to fight for it.
  11. 2 points
    So the waivers that are being signed at the rinks aren't worth the paper they are written on! Do you think the reality is the legal ramifications or the health risk? Can't we associate legal ramifications to anything we do? Drive a car, cut the grass, visit the neighbor? Where does it end? How long do we wait around hoping for something different to happen. What's going to be different January 1, 2021? How does that become the magic date that sports can begin again? Or is it just another delaying tactic? At some point doesn't the human race have to decide to exist with Covid-19? And why do they report total cases like everyone still has it! Wouldn't the public be better served to know how many active cases there are? I believe this is in large part a media perpetuated pandemic,
  12. 2 points
    Some of these districts took parental “surveys” to see if they should open or not. Talk about stupid. This country is just one train wreck after another anymore. It’s not only politics (both sides). It’s the every day, vanity and self serving culture of society. Every single one of us knows this school situation is going to end up slamming in to an ice burg... cracking in half and sinking. Half the ship has given up and doesn’t care, the other half is pretending the ice burg doesn’t exist.
  13. 2 points
    this information is incorrect. the Detroit Free Press started it, Dan Patrick continued it, even going so far as to name the 2 schools that voted against, but the Big 10 had never held this vote. the vote occurred today and it was determined to POSTPONE the fall sports season. Nebraska and Ohio State football are already looking into playing a non Big 10 schedule. On advice from the chair of their medical advisory group, the ACC is still planning to play starting Sept 12th. Personally i expect her to be removed shortly and replaced with someone who tows the line. all others will fear speaking in favor of playing and quickly follow suit and there will be no fall sports from any conference. what they did wrong was show success in the face of the lock down battle cry. it's not about safety, science or economy. It's about an election campaign that wants everything to stop no matter what damage it causes, so they can say, well, if the pandemic was handled correctly in the first place, little Johnny wouldn't have had to miss his senior season, or you wouldn't have gone bankrupt, etc... so vote for me. covid is dangerous. so is driving to work. we now live in a world where we have to protect ourselves against both. there is no vaccine and there may never be (no matter what Russia claims). in march we didn't have much information and it was spreading like crazy so we had to take drastic measures. we now know the spreading mechanism and how to slow, even possibly prevent, transmission. it's time to start living life again. I mean who here stopped having sex because of AIDS? You put on a condom and plunged forward into the "new normal".
  14. 2 points
    I agree....ONE, not 12, ONE
  15. 2 points
    Taking the governors feelings out of the equation. Sports could easily happen and probably go largely unscathed in regards to virus spread. The problem remains, for every coach and organization that is just doing the right thing, following guidelines. You have 5 other shit heads who are letting their personal beliefs and “muh freedoms” get in the way of common sense. The parents and the freedom fighters are the problem. Make no mistake. If Tom Wolf knew that there wouldn’t be an orgy of parents at high school football games, or youth hockey games, I promise you sports wouldn’t even be on the states radar. I digress, once again, the freedom fighters, the “patriots”, the coaches, the parents who are looking to “make a point” over what is best for the players are the sole reason why sports is at risk. As always, you can have your beliefs, you may even be right about them. Who knows? The FACT of the matter is the governing AUTHORITY feels a certain way about the situation and they are calling the shots. So you can either check your ego and do the strenuous, time consuming, death grappling task of wearing a mask, social distancing, not letting parents conduct their orgies... NOT DRAW ATTENTION TO THE YOUTH SPORT ATMOSPHERE. Or we can all continue to run around ignoring the states demand, grunting “merica”... and see what happens.
  16. 2 points
  17. 2 points
    This is precisely why youth sports is at risk. Because there is a large segment of society who are not intelligent enough to “do the small stuff” (I.e. wear a mask, social distance, look like you are trying). Wherever you stand on the issue, your personal belief is your personal belief. However, you are a gigantic douche nozzle if you are a football coach, or any other coach, and you are not following protocol. This is equivalent to resisting the police. We all know the power trip some of those guys get on. So you play it cool and follow along, don’t escalate the situation with Officer Beatsmywife. Same premise. I digress, there are just too many low IQ delinquents out there to not draw attention to youth sports. They do not step back and think, if we stay out of the limelight and follow protocol... we could fair a lot better than running around the AstroTurf making out with each other every time someone catches the ball. Parents can’t help themselves. They see Joe and Mitch partying in the parking lot... we’ll we are going to be cool too. No way, these coaches need to be bad asses. And they’re going to show everyone how badass they are. Resisting the government, getting youth sports cancelled for the direction of this and by proxy turning our kids into a bunch of video game e-sports stars.
  18. 2 points
    Oh I’m here. These threads have been rehashed over and over so many times it’s not even slightly amusing anymore. Myself as well as several others have already stated what’s going to happen. And none of you have any say in any of it. You’ll pay for it all but you have no control. That’s the shame of it. I’m just sitting back watching it happen the way I now it will.
  19. 2 points
    Yeah, while I'm not a Wolfe hater, I have to disagree with his statement. For one, the Athletic did a Q&A with a Canadian doctor that stated that while locker rooms may be a danger, there is almost zero risk playing hockey as the direct contact is brief. For two, outdoor transmission is very low. It's about length of exposure and viral load. There's no reason sports cant be played with some modification and self-control. Sitting in a classroom for hours indoors in close proximity is completely different.
  20. 2 points
    If there isn't a season, I sincerely hope that most (if not all) rinks are very smart and strategic about this and remain open while offering plenty of power skating, skills instruction, 3on3 games, etc all day everyday. Hockey 2-3 times a week is my kids only shred of normalcy right now and I honestly don't think his mental state can take an entire year of no in person school AND no hockey.
  21. 2 points
    Heard from a coworker with a kid in a school program that is chartered as a “club sport” that their athletic director was asked to weigh in regarding what would happen if in person instruction is put on hold in August/September in regards to club sports. They were strongly advised not to register for any preseason tourney, and told that if return was delayed....all extracurriculars would be shut down. I’m seeing Danner being right on this one
  22. 2 points
    By: Topher Scott It has been about a month since I took over as the Hockey Director of a AAA program here in Central NY. It has been an interesting process to say the least, and I feel like I’ve learned more about the youth hockey industry in the past month than I have in all the years I’ve been involved in the sport combined. Throughout the past month I have been doing a lot of listening…and have held back from doing a lot of speaking. Rather than come in and impose a plan right away, I wanted to talk to as many people as I could to get a sense of where things were at and where people wanted them to go. One of the toughest things about going this route is that people want answers right away. Since we have to run tryouts literally the week after the season is over (rule mandated by the State), people are in a frenzy right now trying to figure out what they’re going to do next year. It’s painful. But there’s a difference between doing things quickly…and doing them right. I want to do them right, and that takes time. It takes time and it takes a whole lot of feedback. And boy, feedback is what I have gotten. And honestly, it’s a bit troubling. Because in my conversations with many parents, coaches, kids, and others…there is a certain word that gets brought up with a disturbing intensity: FEAR. The youth hockey model…and the youth sports model in general…operates and feeds off of fear. Fear of Missing Out (FOMO). Fear of Judgement. Fear of the Unknown. The parents feel it. The coaches feel it. The kids feel it. The administrators feel it. The fear factor is crazy…and it’s everywhere. So I’ve put a lot of thought into where this fear comes from. Why does the youth hockey industry make so many good people go crazy? And how do we get to a place where people can enjoy the experience rather than always looking over their shoulder? I’ll try to answer both these questions below. Where does the fear come from? In my opinion, the fear factor in youth hockey comes from two places: 1. The too-early professionalization of youth hockey. 2. The disconnect between parents and coaches. Too often, and too early, we treat kids like professionals. We treat them like professionals before they are physically, mentally, and emotionally ready to handle it. At too young of an age, KIDS: Play 70-80 game seasons. Are being ranked on how they play, for the whole internet to see it. Are being recruited to “Exposure” camps and “All-Star” teams. Are being recruited to college and/or junior camps. Are being coached like adults whose purpose is to win at all costs. These things certainly affect the kids. Imagine being 14 years old and reading negative reports about your play on the internet. Seriously, for the people reading this that write those reports, imagine your 14 year old self. I’m sure you were mature enough to handle what people said about you, who knew NOTHING about you but saw you play a hockey game or two. I’m sure you were mature enough to let it slide and not let it affect your self-worth. It’s pretty easy for 14 year olds to do that, right? Or imagine being told that if you don’t make a certain team at 14 years old, your dreams of playing college or pro hockey are done. Yes, that happens. And unfortunately, our industry perpetuates it. These kinds of things affect the kids for sure…but honestly I think it affects the parents more because it creates the biggest case of FOMO that I’ve ever seen. Parents want what is best for their kids. And most will go to the end of the earth to try and provide those opportunities for them. The problem is, the early-professionalization of our sport drives the parents to feel like if they don’t do “X”, it will ruin their kids chances at “Y” way too early. There is so much information out there trying to persuade them that the grass is greener on the other side. If your kid doesn’t play on a top ranked team… If your kid doesn’t make this tournament team… If your kid doesn’t apply to this camp… If your kid doesn’t get seen at this showcase… If your kid doesn’t have an advisor… The list goes on and on. And if you look at the long list of the “If your kid doesn’ts…” very few actually have an impact on a kid’s goals and dreams. 99% of them are pure fluff centered around adults making money off of FOMO. The one statement that should really matter is this: “If my kid plays for a good coach with a good culture…their chances at getting to “Y” are GREATLY increased.” I know because I’ve seen it as a college coach…and I know because I lived it. When I was younger, my parents kept me with the good coach of the not-so-talented team rather than having me play for the “All Star” team that was heavily recruited and had a coach with the wrong intentions. Three years later, the All Stars came to play for the good coach because our rag-tag group of kids that loved to play began beating them and they were having a miserable time with all of the pressure to win that was put on the kids and the families. It was a great experience having gone through it, and looking back it was a PhD of what hockey development looks like. Half our team went on to play college/pro hockey. And as a college coach, it’s easy to see what the kids that really make it have in common: They have a passion for the game. They love to play. And through that love to play comes a love to get better. And the better you become, the better your chances of achieving your goals and dreams. That ever-important passion is something that can be sucked out of kids if you treat them like adults too early. I’ve seen too many talented kids go through it. Way too many. Seriously, way too many. So parents, please, if you want to help your kid achieve their dreams of playing hockey at a higher level…keep that in mind. The best thing that you can do for your kid is to put them in an environment where that passion can flourish. But here’s where it gets interesting. Because the feedback that I get from the coaches completely flips the script. You certainly have coaches and admins perpetuating the FOMO in the parents by professionally coaching their kids at too early of an age. But you also have parents putting the fear into coaches for NOT coaching their kids professionally enough. All youth coaches will empathize with the following scenario: They catch heat from the parents of the more talented players if their kid doesn’t play all game and thus not coaching to win. They are threatened by the best players’ parents that if they don’t play their kid all the time, they’ll leave and find some other coach that will. Their kid needs to win so they can be on a top ranked team so they will be scouted. Oh yes, this happens. Again…at way too young of a level. But on the other side, coaches will also catch heat from the parents of the kids on the bottom end of their team if they do shorten the bench. They will hear from those parents that their kids are losing their love for the game because they don’t play enough. So… They have one quarter of their team’s parents upset at too little coaching to win and not playing their kids enough. And they have another quarter of their team’s parents upset about too much coaching to win and not playing their kids enough. It’s lose-lose and we are losing a lot of good coaches in our sport because they just don’t want to deal with this kind of madness. These scenarios…they happen EVERYWHERE. This dynamic between some parents (especially parents of the more talented kids who have FOMO) and the coaches is extremely unhealthy and it toxifies team cultures. So again, let me reiterate: *I played for teams with a great coach, great culture, and bad talent. We ended up being better than the team with the bad coach, bad culture, but great talent. Over time, coaching and culture won out. The talent/ranking didn’t. *As a former coach in college, PASSION is a huge differentiator between kids that make it and kids that don’t. If the culture you are generating within your team (whether you are a parent or a coach) is creating an environment that doesn’t foster passion…you need to take a look in the mirror and make some changes. At the end of the day…the fear of judgement, the fear of missing out, the fear of the unknown…these are real fears in the youth hockey world. And if we don’t take steps to address them, our game will continue to suffer. So how do we change it? There are two ways to reverse the fear that permeates our youth hockey world. 1. Proper parent and coach education 2. Reminding people to reflect upon their “Why” Very few organizations invest time and effort into coaching or parent education. And in my opinion, those are the two things that are most important to building a good team or organizational culture. Coaches need to be prepared to better themselves not only about the game of hockey, but about teaching, leadership, communication, etc… Organizations should be holding drill shares, putting on seminars, encouraging their coaches to be on the ice with other teams, and much, much more. The better we can educate our coaches, the better our players will be. And parent education…this is an absolute must. We need to educate the parents about the youth hockey journey, what it entails, and what lies at the end of the ride. Education can minimize the FOMO that so many feel as it provides expectations and knowledge about the process their kids (and themselves) will go through. At the Hockey Think Tank, we put together a Parent Guidebook to help hockey parents out there. Hopefully it can help any of you trying to navigate the youth hockey journey. Click here to download: https://thehockeythinktank.com/parent-guidebook/ And what is the first section in the Guidebook? “What is your Why?” Parents: Why did you put your kid in youth hockey? I would guess that 90% of you put them in there to make friends, build character, exercise, and learn life lessons. Coaches: Why did you want to coach youth hockey? I would guess that 90% of you started coaching to make a positive impact on kids. When we take a step back and remember our why, the stress and insanity seem so juvenile. We get so caught up in the craziness that we often forget the noble reasons we chose to put our kids into sports in the first place. That fear we once felt…for many it just dissipates because our kids becoming good people is what really matters…not them becoming superstars. My hope in writing this piece is that people involved in youth hockey can be encouraged to take a breath. Take a step back and remember what youth sports should be about. Only then can we process what makes us fearful about the journey we’re in and begin to take the steps necessary to mitigate it. And only then can we begin to change the culture so more kids, coaches, and families can enjoy the greatest game on the planet. For more, we are putting on a virtual “Back to Hockey” Conference on August 19th as well. It’s a great way to get more educated and get some perspective on the hockey process…and we’ll provide TANGIBLE ideas and actions to make your hockey life easier. It’s a few hours on a Wednesday night, and the reward will be amazing for those players, parents, and coaches that make it. The diverse set of topics are from some of the top minds in the game…including: -The Actual Keys to Getting Scouted/Recruited -Becoming an Elite Athlete/Hockey Player -Performance Nutrition -Forming Hockey Habits -Mental Toughness/Resiliency Training -Boys vs. Girls Hockey
  23. 2 points
    It is, just organizations don't want to acknowledge it ($$$$) and parents are blind to it. Mark my word, you heard it here first, there will be no fall sports of any kind (high school or travel). It is what it is, they are not going to allow it until after November.
  24. 2 points
    This is laughable. These are not AAA teams. People in Pittsburgh do not understand that simply putting another A after your team name does not get you to the next level. I have posted this a number of times and honestly grow tired of this discussion. Go look at the Michigan Hockey association requirements to field a AAA team. Then come back and start a new thread that talks about how many AAA teams are in Pittsburgh.
  25. 2 points
    As others said, the people playing on these teams don't want a local option. They want lots of travel for 'better' competition.
  26. 2 points
    What rink are you out of? I have been to 4 or 5 already that have all been business as usual with tryouts, teams already practicing, and even summer league games. board of directors were given the status updates on the season starting and to be in contact with the rinks moving forward. That’s who will be the ones to close things up first. Things are in place, maybe your organization is not communications like the others are.
  27. 2 points
    So, five 15U AAA teams in Pittsburgh this year? Pens elite, Predators, Mt. Lebanon, Esmark, Icemen Is every 05 hockey player not playing high school going to be a 'AAA' player?
  28. 2 points
    So.................... they might be a AA team instead of an A-Major team?
  29. 1 point
    Had this passed along to me from a former player that worked with the coach that left the program. This runs a lot deeper than the report states from what I’m told. Lots more will come out about this as time goes on. But what continues to make me laugh is that you rubes insist it doesn’t happen all the time or this easily. And USA hockey makes it easy for it to happen and actually provides certain protections for people. Even funnier is that none of you even noticed it. Which is exactly why I tell you to ASK QUESTIONS. Illegal activity occurs in a high percentage of youth sports organizations. Usually it’s dismissed as “oops. My mistake” and accepted because little Johnny needs to have a make believe athletic career and if we don’t have people to register the teams and make sure USA hockey gets its money, they don’t get to play. And if they steal a few bucks, oh well. It was a mistake. Keep feeding the machine folks. https://triblive.com/sports/ex-treasurer-of-west-allegheny-hockey-boosters-accused-of-stealing-40000-from-club/
  30. 1 point
    Top 4 Junior league in North America. As I mentioned previously. If your kid plays there he is ineligible to play NCAA DI or DIII hockey. My advice. If your son isn't going to be a top 6 fwd or top 4 D then play USHL, NAHL, AJHL, CCHL, BCHL, or USPHL. If he's good enough for the WHL then he's good enough for those leagues. Gets to play juniors and if good enough will still get scouted and drafted by the NHL. If not good enough to get drafted, then college is still an option and can chase his pro dreams four years later with a college degree. And if he really blows up at college. He can leave and be an undrafted FA in the NHL. The Pens have done pretty good with those guys.
  31. 1 point
    Live barn stinks, pihl and Pahl should consult with hockey tv. It’s just a guy using an iPad and doing the announcing at the same time.
  32. 1 point
    Unfortunately, and it isn't always the case, often hockey parents even on the same teams breed jealousy of each other and instead of cheering for a team default to cheering for their own kid, worried about them losing a spot on the team the next year or not looking as good as the best kid on the team. This often comes from parents with little knowledge of the sport or who learned about it from mite hockey and think scoring 200 goals is the way to be the best player on the ice. Hell with defense or passing or over carrying the puck. Also doesn't matter if you lose as long as your kid scored the hat trick. Add to that environment another team who likely has a chip on their shoulder and you get a powder keg. It gets ugly - grown men yelling about and at children, fist fights in the stands, drunken idiots. Yeah - I won't miss much about being at the rink if I can't go.
  33. 1 point
    In my experience, hockey parents are different than a lot of other parent groups- it always seems like overall they're less friendly. Generally as peaking, of course.
  34. 1 point
    I for one am looking forward to having an excuse for watching games on livebarn rather than standing around obnoxious individuals. If I had mite or squirt age kids I'd be even happier.
  35. 1 point
    Not to mention all the people out there who think it's their job to police and report "violators". They probably overwhelm the health department with minor complaints and major violators never get caught.
  36. 1 point
    Peter, can you please close your account?
  37. 1 point
    Ask The State of MI what they are doing. Don’t see hockey happening until next Spring hope I’m wrong. Wolf will step in and cancel all Fall Sports RInks, PIHL, PAHL and PIAA. Lombardi didn’t have the guts to shut down fall PIAA sports making Wolf the bad guy it’s coming.
  38. 1 point
    I think this may be true, but sports are also a bit of a gray area. I think you (and they) are assuming hockey practices are "gatherings" and limiting them to less than 25. I think the other rinks can also argue it is more like a restaurant situation (or even other sports) and indoor capacity should be limited to 25% of the fire marshall capacity. Bethel Park school district proactively banned all fans for indoor sports the entire year. I'm hoping at some point the state health department clarifies and allows indoor events to be modified in all cases to 25% capacity. I think that's an obvious solution in a large building.
  39. 1 point
    For the record, there's nothing particularly controversial being done at the YMCA. In general, they're just doing what the guidelines require. Which, I guess, is controversial in the sense that no other rink in the area is actually doing so.
  40. 1 point
    Agree 100% with this. Whether or not masks are actually effective, and whether the government should be in the business of telling us to wear them or not, if they're required by the government as a prerequisite for returning to hockey, it's a small price to pay for the resumption of the sport. I don't like masks, I don't like wearing mine, and I strongly doubt that they are actually effective in protecting individuals, but if I have to wear one so my kids can play this sport they love, so be it. We will see what effect there is of not requiring them when the rinks in the area who aren't (we all know who they are) get called out. I haven't been there recently, but one rink in particular has reportedly changed their tune on requiring masks recently.
  41. 1 point
    A couple of months of individual skills? Cmon now. If you are worried about the $1000 or $2000 being lost I would just find another hobby this season. Once you are back at the rink ,multiple times a week, you will see your vision is in the minority in this area.
  42. 1 point
    I don't know. You may be right, but people are happy to have it. Games can be watched later, too. My kid is doing all kinds of weird things to play football (or rather, not really play football) but he has 0 complaints. He is happy to see his friends and get something normalish. So much is really out of everyone's hands right now. Whether people agree or not I hope everyone complies, because if we get outbreaks and it is learned there was widespread non-compliance it will be shut down. And life is so much better with my kids able to be active and social a little.
  43. 1 point
    I think they could allow spectators if done correctly. They would need to sign up and get a number. They would then be permitted to sit/stand at the numbered spot in the bleachers. The numbers would, of course, need to be spaced out to allow for social distancing. All spectators would need to wear a mask and leave immediately when the session ends. Unfortunately, this would probably only work in theory as there will always be idiots that break the protocol and ruin it for everyone else.
  44. 1 point
    Gentry’s hockey program was created by a very wealthy family who have a 03 & 04. The 03 is on the national team now, I believe the 04 is also gone. Gentry hockey will fold up soon, if not, it won’t be the power house it was at midget the past two seasons. The program was all about two bothers.
  45. 1 point
    Do some damn research! Icemen are not even listed as a showcase team at any age. they will end up just playing csdhl aa teams then anyone can schedule with or run into at a tournament. http://naphl.com/teams/
  46. 1 point
    https://syndication.bleacherreport.com/amp/643555-the-state-of-hockey-ranking-the-top-10-hockey-states-in-america.amp.html i did look into it. The title is this thread is AAA, not high school, but what the heck. So I wasn’t talking about High School but all youth hockey, and I stand by my statement. I have never been impressed with Pittsburgh area hockey, and I never will. Sorry
  47. 1 point
    Eddie Shore Minnesota High School Hockey is the best by far. Wisconsin Really ? Buffalo NY Fed (not that great) ? Chicago (Other than New Trier Green) ? Boston (LaSalle from Philly and Dematha MD annually compete against some of the Super 8 Catholic Schools ? Do some homework and what you will find is that Pa High School Hockey competes with all but Minnesota
  48. 1 point
    For orgs, I would have a category for: are they organized? Does what they say will happen, happen when and how they said it would? Is communication good?
  49. 1 point
    I would add Rink Ownership to the list as well. There is a huge difference sometimes between community rinks like Beaver, Crawford, and the YMCA in Bethel or Ralph's empire.
  50. 1 point
    Well if you want the truth I grew up playing in Minnesota. Would have went pro if I wasn't for a cheap shot to my knee. Now I'm an alcoholic lawyer who coaches peewee. I also don't stand in the corner. I like to be right by the bench so I can berate my kid for going offside.
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