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Showing content with the highest reputation since 3/19/2019 in all areas

  1. 10 points
    Wampa and PBsooks are one and the same. Both accounts are now banned. This user has repeatedly been warned to tone it down but they don't have any self control.
  2. 6 points
    @Wampa1 and @Hoomie Wampa, you are 9/10ths of the way to earning a ban. Stop being so aggressive towards other people on here. I have told you before, state your TAKE and move on. Your takes don't have to descend to the level of attacks on anyone who disagrees or counters you. Hoomie, back off on the repeated "LIAR" accusations. Not necessary to go there. A simple "I disagree because..." will suffice. If everyone can't take a deep breath before they post and stop bashing each other, I will lock this thread, and permanent bans may be forthcoming. It's getting tiring going through the same thing with a few posters over and over. TONE IT DOWN! You have been warned.
  3. 6 points
    One of the best things that happened for my son was trying out for the Pens 2 years ago and not even making the 4th day. Lit a real fire under his tail. Last year he was offered Black and turned it down. He wants to make Gold and he has improved dramatically in the last 2 years. Not making the team he wanted with on-point constructive criticism (which we feel like we received) will drive the right kid to work hard. Did for my son. Hope it does for yours too...
  4. 5 points
    Team Pittsburgh defeats Texas 9-2. Back to back champions of America's showcase St. Louis. Congratulations Team Pittsburgh!
  5. 4 points
    Jack thanks. My son made NP. He was very proud.
  6. 4 points
    Agree. It’s time to start blocking IP addresses. Of course, we can all do our part as well by not feeding the troll.
  7. 4 points
    Every year I have a bout of depression when hockey season ends and I'm not going to the rink fur times a week to coach youth players. My son is a midget this year so this may be my last season of coaching him myself - he my just switch to HS hockey - but I hear what you are saying. People ask me how I can spend so much time on it, and all I can say is that I spend four hours a week with each of my kids doing something we both love. It's still getting WAY too expensive to put a kid on the ice, even at ordinary amateur levels. But it's worth it for me and my family.
  8. 4 points
    It doesn’t take a lot of effort to see that a dad is being honest about his son, his try outs, and the results. Over and above all of the other white noise generated by this forum, I find it refreshing. Congrats. To the player AND his dad. He might not have made the team he tried out for, but I’ll bet he is a better player for the effort put forth.
  9. 4 points
    As the parent of two players, one of whom played AAA and high level AA hockey, we easily spent in excess of $8,000 a season between: Dues, hotels, food, gas, car maintenance, hockey gear, souvenirs, etc. Now that one of our players has moved on to college, that money for AAA and AA hockey is now going to pay tuition... Our other player has been doing AA most of their career and I'd say we spent easily $4k-$5k on the same expenses... so it has cost us a TON and our players probably aren't going to the NHL but they did have one heck of a good time playing hockey (so far). And we really enjoy watching them play.
  10. 4 points
    Well our PPE journey for this year has come to an end. I think it was a good learning experience. Was an eventful 3 days. My son was in a group with a lot of elite (elite not black) kids from last year (over 1/3). We assumed that might be a good thing as the coach said they were re grouping based on similiar skill level. But turns out it wasn't. So not sure how groups were set up. I originally started this post looking for advice so now I can give some if parents are considering PPE tryouts. Know the following: -be sure you can handle the truth - my kid is not ready for AAA hockey -is your family reasy for the committment if you do make it - financially committed and time -be sure your kid is mentally tough to handle disappointment is rejected -know your hands are tied during tryouts. You cannot see it happening so therefore cant provide feedback to your kid on areas to improve-this will make you feel helpless as a parent -know at this age there is a ton of hockey left. This is not the end. Good luck to any parents and kids that try out.
  11. 4 points
    Actually I’m somebody who not so long ago played for a AAA team in the area and personally know several people who played as a second year U18 and did just fine. Could you please provide your unbiased stats on who “failed even at the ACHA level” or are these your biased uninformed opinions? Or do you keep in contact with these kids and their families and know for a fact that they “failed”? You clearly have a grudge against tier 1 hockey in Pittsburgh. That’s fine. Claiming people “failed” at the next level with absolutely no basis behind that on an anonymous hockey forum that most don’t even know exists is the definition of irony. You sir, have failed. Now don’t go getting hypersensitive about that
  12. 3 points
    When a user has been politely warned both in public and in private multiple times and does not listen, then we will do what's necessary to make this an enjoyable and useful site for people. This is the first (and hopefully the last) time that I've ever banned anyone. Usually a warning does the trick, but it didn't help here, and then this user opened a new account and continued the same behavior like they never listened to a word the moderators said about correcting their behavior. I have no idea why that user couldn't have a friendly debate on a topic and disagree, but things always escalated immediately to name calling and useless diatribes that served no purpose. Let's move on from this topic please.
  13. 3 points
    Maybe he is the 05 Renegade Coach from a few years back that masqueraded as a hockey mom.
  14. 3 points
    A Big Congratulations to the PPE 14uAAA girls and PPE 16uAAA boys teams for their 2019 banners!!
  15. 3 points
    back to the original subject...kudos to Mid Am directors for publishing this newsletter. Congrats again to all champions and competitors who participated. Good luck at Nationals including to our WPA High School teams competing in Cleveland! SHARE: Mid Am District Members, As we are finishing the 2018-19 season and heading into the USA Hockey National Championships, below is the link to the Mid Am District Newsletter celebrating the district champions that were recently crowned. Mid Am Newsletter, Volume 2 Issue 3 Congratulations to all of the 2019 champions! Mid Am Board of Directors
  16. 3 points
    Did you not read what you said? You accused me of living off my parent’s dime, which I’m not. Say something with facts behind it. So pops, get off your high horse and get a life. Players deciding to play an extra year has absolutely no effect on your life. For some, it might lead to something more (like Trevor and others). For others, it gives them an extra year to decide what they want to do next after high school. That does not make a person a failure. You’re a loser who’s trolling a blog that is meant to discuss local youth hockey. It’s about as sad as life gets. I truly hope you don’t have kids and if you do they don’t know you’re on here because they’d be absolutely petrified knowing you are like this on here. You can keep calling me “son” and “boy” and that’s fine because I know that right now at my age I am 5 times the man you’ll ever be pops
  17. 3 points
    North Korea 🙂, China, Russia, possibly some other European countries. I believe PPE also offer different kinds of scholarships.
  18. 3 points
    Holy cow can we stop paying attention to the trolls on this board and talk some hockey? This used to be a useful forum for conversation and information but in the past few months it has degenerated into adolescent name calling. It can't have missed everyone's attention that actually useful discussion has almost totally ceased on the whole forum.
  19. 3 points
    Don't really care one way or the other, just posting to my 11th, so I can post in the new Very Important Board...................
  20. 2 points
    Let's get something straight @PawlBaxter, we DO NOT HAVE TO ANSWER TO ANYONE. This isn't your forum. You are in our "SPACE". So if we don't like the way you post or the content of your posts, we will remove your posts or remove you. Such is the way any forum on planet earth operates. Just like Facebook, Twitter or any other online provider what you post is subject to review and removal. You have a total of 5 posts, none of which are very constructive or helpful. Since you're "new" to this forum maybe you ought to spend time reading posts and acting civil instead of the way you acted in some of your 5 posts. The posters you are having an issue with have been around a LONG time going way back to the old forum site before it was moved to modern software. They understand how the board operates and how to act appropriately. Keep complaining and you'll be gone. How we run this board is not up for discussion. Next person who registers with a name similar to one of the board admins - will be banned. Another post with references like "..Have failed athletes like themselves at home and raised weaklings that couldn’t keep up.." will get you banned. THREAD CLOSED
  21. 2 points
    That's completely false. The EHL and 3HL are both pay to play leagues. The 3HL is the pay to play "feeder" for the NAHL and the USPHL Premier is the pay to play "feeder" for the NCDC. Up until this year the Vengeance were in the 3HL. The only US Leagues which are "tuition free" are USHL, NAHL and NCDC.
  22. 2 points
    Why can't this Board just congratulate and move on? Someone always looking to deflate or a conspiracy or something. Or say nothing. 🤮
  23. 2 points
    Just saying the same thing as everyone else but it sounds like he is doing enough hockey already. Try lacrosse, soccer, baseball, swimming, volleyball, tennis, golf, or other activities during the summer.
  24. 2 points
    Agree with Saucey. Get him doing other sports until the age of 14. Then he can concentrate on just one. My son is now in his 20's and I wish I had did that with him. He will develop all muscle group. and I will respectively disagree on roller hockey. My kid did it from 2008 to 2013. Went to NARCH Nationals, State Wars, Team USA for AAU all of it. He did nothing but develop bad skating habits, that took years to undo. Roller is too slow, and when he goes back to ice, his decision making was too slow. You do what you want, this is just my experience.
  25. 2 points
    Gee, I wonder who @PawlBaxter could be?
  26. 2 points
    Two username @Wampa1 and @PBsooks acting up once again insulting others time after time after time. Never did understand why he uses two different names - it took one paragraph from @PBsooks to realize both are the same person. @Paul Baxter - if you want to keep what is left of the user base here, you know what to do. Based on this and other threads, I’m clearly not the only one that feels this way.
  27. 2 points
    Additionally they probably have a team forecast to support only 'x' number of teams at each level based on their ownership of ice slots. If that reaches maximum capacity, it is better to shut registration off at that age than take all comers and have to make cuts leaving kids stranded. At least at Bantam/Midget players have JV/V to fall back on in most cases. Good on North Pittsburgh to stay within their means and do it the right way as well.
  28. 2 points
    My son and I had 2 separate discussions with the coach of the Black team last year after the offer was made, prior to my son making his decision. My son specifically asked the coach what he saw in him at tryouts, what he liked in his game, what he thought kept the offer from being Gold, and how the coach would work with him on his game. I thought the commentary would be cursory, generalized, and bland. I was wrong. The coach had very specific feedback on all those areas. It was a pointed, accurate, and fair assessment of what my son does well and does not. I left the conversation impressed with his honesty and acumen. I read all the time on this board about kids not making Gold due to politics or other non hockey factors. Maybe that’s true, maybe it’s not. All I know is that our experience was fair, balanced, and direct. We appreciated it.
  29. 2 points
    Thanks for posting this - western PA is well represented. Good luck ladies and men!
  30. 2 points
    Guys like @Wampa1 don't run along to another thread because he gets off on stuff like this. Unfortunately there is not one single shred of constructive thought coming from him, regardless of topic. The name calling, disparaging remarks and condescending crap is old, tired and juvenile. That is not what this thread or this site is all about. @Paul Baxter maybe its time to send him packing.
  31. 2 points
    The western PA region has been becoming more and more saturated with "AAA" organizations over the past decade or so. A substantial percentage of the discussion on this board is about them. I have my own opinions on the phenomenon, but this article is a useful perspective for players and parents. To those who choose to play at those higher levels, you have my respect. Neither of my players is at that level. JV and/or varsity will be just fine for us. My kids would've considered playing for one, too, if they were that level of player. Just some much needed perspective. https://thehockeythinktank.com/2019/03/26/the-cost-of-aaa-hockey/
  32. 2 points
    More biased opinions from you with no backbone, no I’m not on my parents dime. I actually graduated from college and hold down a decent job. I have a few connections still playing so I tend to come on here and check every now and then to see what people are saying. You’re the type of guy who follows high school hockey with absolutely no connection to it. “Wasted opportunity” makes no sense. What would you say of someone like Trevor recktenwald who played a second year of U18 for Esmark and is now in his senior year free of charge playing D1 hockey for Ferris state? There’s several more who went on partial scholarships to play D3 hockey. You have no stats. You say biased opinions and play them off like facts. Keep yelling at clouds old man. The worlds passing you by
  33. 2 points
    Watching your kids play a sport that they love........that’s what it’s all about. I have watched two of my three boys play from Mites to U18 and I have one left playing U14. What in the hell am I going to do on the weekend when it’s all gone? Raking leaves and cutting the grass is overrated.
  34. 2 points
    Wow people praising PPE on this board! Next thing Peter Puck will be telling us how great Mt. Lebanon parents are.
  35. 2 points
    Sounds like for the amount of a tryout fee you learned quite a bit, and you and your son will benefit from this experience as he continues to play this great sport.
  36. 2 points
    Confusing post. You said he would love to tryout for PPE because he is more "exposed" to that team, but you live closer to Vengeance and Esmark? You said that you don't think he is ready for PPE maturity wise, more so than skill, but your not sure he would stand a chance to make Vengeance and Esmark (with the idea that he is actually good enough)? You do understand PPE would be harder to make than Vengeance and Esmark correct? You also stated that he has played a year in travel hockey, yet you seem surprised that people on this board are "mean" and you and your kid will have to develop "thick skin"? I doubt anyone on here is "meaner" that what you would have encountered in your first year of travel, especially with a goalie. This is what "scared the pants off you", and "overwhelmed" you? This post? This "disheartened" you? I think you are right, you are not cut out for this, or any youth sport if this relatively tame post did all this to you. Good luck,
  37. 2 points
    You do not need to be 6’2 to play college hockey. There are 5’11 - 6’0 goaltenders in the NHL right now, meanwhile NCAA hockey. With that said, the smaller goalies usually possesses top tier athleticism and reaction time. One of those can be improved, the other is genetic. I think the most important thing when looking for a place for your goalie to play is coaching. Will the goalie get access to goalie specific training or is he going be there for target practice, for his teammates? AAA hockey for a goalie is not the end all be all at the younger ages. I would place quality of ice time and instruction way ahead on the list of priorities and if that’s an AAA program great, if it’s an AA program great.
  38. 1 point
    Lots going on this week - SCIR, Vengeance, PPE, NP particularly for 06 BY. I also heard many new faces trying out for PPE, while PPE Black players from last year trying out for Vengeance 06. Also heard 06 Icemen tryout was cancelled due to low interest level while PPE 07's had a significant amount of turn on their roster this past tryout.
  39. 1 point
    Can't we all just get along .some gotta win some gotta lose .if u end up in a championship game you did something right
  40. 1 point
    Good article bender thanks for posting it. There are only 2 AAA "organizations" in PA in my humble opinion. The local team and the team out east. All other "organizations" have some AAA teams but are not AAA "organizations". MAHA makes it easy, in order to classify as a AAA organization you must have a AAA team at each level. If PAHL put something like in place the AAA team concept goes down the drain and the rest of the kids are playing AA hockey. Not that AA is cheap but it doesn't compare to $10-$20k. Who knows this may also help to correctly allocate the talent pool in WPA as well. I'm not a fan of limiting opportunities, but nothing will change in PA until something comes from PAHL or USA Hockey.
  41. 1 point
    Good find. Well written. Had a good laugh at hockey directors who oversee 12 teams and make six figure salaries.
  42. 1 point
    There you go! Great useful information for the message board and it’s much more palatable content than your obsessive rambling about Mt Lebo parents. Good job!
  43. 1 point
  44. 1 point
    @Wampa1 has been issued a 1 week suspension and 2 point warning. This is a forum for solid interaction, and while we can tolerate negativity done in a constructive manner, we don't need 3 posts in a row like was done above that serve little purpose other than to hit the hornet's nest.
  45. 1 point
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