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  1. 7 points
    @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.
  2. 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...
  3. 4 points
    I had the misfortune a long time ago to be a house league commisioner for a squirt and peewee division. I took the job because my kid was older and no longer played house league and a friend of mine ran the league and needed the help. I thought it would be a good idea to update the website to contain all kinds of stats (individual, team and game stats). This was a huge mistake! I spent 80% of my time handling emails and phones call from hockey parents telling me that little johnny had 2 assists in a game and did not get credit for it, or little Bobby had more than 15 shots on goal against him and his save percentage was wrong. I tried to tell the parents that the stats on the website came from the game scoresheets, and that was what the refs had called. I also had gotten the mic working at the rink and had people who would announce the goals and assists. So, then the parents started walking around the ice to bother the scorekeepers after a goal to tell them that little johnny had that goal and not the other kid. The scorekeepers told them they announced what the refs called, then the parents started to try to get the refs to make the changes during game stoppages! Myself, the scorekeepers, announcer and refs were all getting stopped after the game while the parents were trying to get us to add stuff to the scoresheets. I even had parents wanting copies of the sheets, so they could compare it to what was on the website. I finally had to pull the plug on the announcer and take the stats off the website because it just became too big of a hassel. Do yourselves a favor, don't put stats on the websites. The parents will ruin it.
  4. 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
  5. 3 points
  6. 3 points
    Momhockey has on the same goggles she wore when she thought she met Prince Charming.
  7. 3 points
    18-19 Final placements.pdf
  8. 2 points
    I think I've heard more than one story about players getting cut right before Dec. 31 of the season. Thus putting the player in a really bad situation... that combined with the other shenanigans and you probably have enough reason to leave.
  9. 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/
  10. 2 points
    That team is really, really good. No question about that whatsoever. That doesn’t change the fact that the Mt Lebanon organization had parents from their teams running the clock in a situation that they shouldn’t have. And they did so for both playoff divisions at their rink that weekend. The organization put themselves in a position to be criticized. It’s their fault. Plain and simple.
  11. 2 points
    TJ Oshie? I hope this poster realizes Mr. Oshie isn’t so highly thought of here in the burg...
  12. 2 points
    This comment here sums it all up. Well done G.O.A.T. You confirmed all that I have said about the anabolic hockey dads out there. Read the entire thread and start at the beginning - you will then see how this discussion has evolved from simple talk about a U10 game to where it is now, that of idiotic proportions. I hear there is a killer U6 game at UPMC this weekend. They cannot tie their own skates yet and just got out of diapers, but the kids are as fast as the wind.........I assume you will be there scouting talent? LOL
  13. 2 points
    I get annoyed with the 'Squirt' talk because parents who are this into their kids' games before the child is done with Santa are on the road to killing the sport for their kids. I don't see parents of older kids doing this, I don't remember seeing this level of obsession when my kids were younger and the advice I see posted here from those who have been around is, sit back, enjoy the ride, let the kids enjoy it. The only people who should be dissecting any youth game the way this post was doing it is a coach, and God bless if they have the time. I have witnessed an inordinate amount of crazy coming from the stands of Squirt games this season, no matter who is playing. Really horrible behavior. Happens at every level, but seems most egregious with the newbies. I am glad you are into it, hockey is so much fun, but be careful you don't suck the fun right out for your kid or you will see your kid exit quick. This behavior isn't healthy for the kids or the sport. Talk about the sport all you want, but don't obsess. Don't dissect one game like it was an NHL game because you want your kids' team to be the best in the area. Why does that matter? At nine and ten, you have a lot of hockey ahead of you, assuming your kid continues to want to play. I have seen first hand what happens to the kids of the parents who treat their games like they are going on a talk radio show. Passion dies, and the child moves on.
  14. 2 points
    The new forum has advanced capabilities of tagging someone (or several) people within a post. If you know their username, all you need to do is type the "@" symbol followed by their username. As you start to type the username it will do an "AJAX" lookup and show you all the usernames that start with those letters. Select one of those usernames and keep typing your post. The person (or people) that you tagged will get a notification that you tagged them when you make the post. I find this a very handy feature. Check it out!
  15. 2 points
    The Niagara university early bird tournament august 17-19 at dwyer arena in niagara falls ny they are looking for 2 more bantam major/mixed teams email myself and il pass along the info dfitzpatrick@jrpurpleeagles.com
  16. 1 point
    LIST OF MAJOR INCIDENTS THIS SEASON 2019-2020 1. A Greensburg Salem parent threw a bottle of water from the top of the seating section at an Indiana player on the ice during a Varsity game. a. The incident was caught on video, and when presented to the Greensburg Salem association, they said that their parents had already told them that the bottle of water was thrown… by the opposing student section. 2. A Moon parent went on the ice during a post-game altercation in a Varsity game between Moon and Plum. This parent gave the middle finger to the opposing spectators, argued with the rink manager about being ejected from the building, then tried to avoid the security guard by returning to the far end of the seating section. The same parent gave a lengthy list of excuses in a subsequent email about why his behavior was justified. a. The Plum parents from the same Varsity game between Moon and Plum screamed at the Moon players as they exited the ice surface, then yelled at a Moon coach because they were upset by some of the players giving them the middle finger. b. An Avonworth parent who witnessed the altercation in the Moon-Plum game sent an email to the PIHL to state his belief that the referees and security guard “lost control” during the altercation and that the referees should be reprimanded. There were only 2 referees on the ice – one of whom was bleeding from the mouth because he was hit in the face by a stick – and at least 16 players on the ice. The security guard was positioned at the player runway to the locker room, where he was supposed to be. 3. A Neshannock parent confronted a referee in the parking lot after a Varsity game, and the parent’s son allegedly suggested that he was going to bring his gun to future games. a. A police incident had to be filed for this matter. 4. Peters Township parents stood in a manner that surrounded a broadcast crew from North Allegheny during a Varsity game, and their yelling throughout the game disrupted the broadcast crew on multiple occasions. a. A league official tried to prevent those parents from using the locker room hallway to exit the seating area after the game since they were clearly angry and disobedient and should not have been allowed near players. Three of the parents were uncooperative and attempted to push their way by, which would have put them among players of the opposing team. 5. A Cathedral Prep parent blocked the referees from exiting the ice surface, demanding that they answer questions for her because she is a “SafeSport rep.” She began berating the officials and standing in their way of getting to their locker room over an incident in the game where a Cathedral Prep player was penalized for shooting the puck after a goal and nearly hitting one of the referees in the face. 6. A Wilmington parent entered the official’s locker room after a Middle School game to complain to the officials about how he felt the game was called. 7. A photographer overheard a conversation between parents of opposing teams at a game between Wheeling Park and Wheeling Catholic. One parent told the other parent that he was going to punch his team’s head coach in the face because his kid was not getting enough playing time, adding that the worst thing he felt that he would get for doing that is a fine. 8. A Gateway Middle School coach loudly told a player on his bench that he will “knock you the f*** out” and then hit the kid on the helmet. The coach then told a PIHL Game Coordinator that he can do whatever he wants because it’s his kid. 9. Norwin scored 5 goals in the third period of a game in which they were already winning 12-0 through two periods, out-shooting the opponent 16-1 in that third period. The top scorers for Norwin were involved in most of the third period goals. The final score was 17-0 in a game in which the opponent only had 8 skaters and no wins on the season. a. Several of the goals scored in the third period included celebrations by Norwin players. b. The Norwin coaching staff attempted to defend these actions on two different phone calls with the Commissioner’s Office. 10. The entire Upper Saint Clair student section moved to the Mt Lebanon seating section in the second period of a Varsity game at Ice Castle. When the security guard asked an Upper Saint Clair parent if the students who were sitting in the other section were from USC, the parent said, “Yeah, isn’t that funny?”
  17. 1 point
  18. 1 point
    If that is really what you were asking, then you probably should have titled your post differently. However, if you really are “already dreading tryouts” in October, you really need to ask yourself why.
  19. 1 point
    It's generally best to invest in skating, all other things being equal. That's my view, anyway. Unless he has major deficiencies elsewhere, everyone can always profit from skating work.
  20. 1 point
    Yes, Pittsburgh Hockey Digest does an excellent job. Covers local college and junior hockey as well. Local writers and photographers.
  21. 1 point
    thanks for looking that up. it is very interesting. the comments above got me thinking about how many times you see an NHL player take a major at the end of a period and just go straight to the locker room with no replacement in the box. dropthepuck is probably onto something with the idea it should help calm kids down at the end of games. in reasoning I guess it makes sense, but as he mentioned, yea, we know how that will go. thanks for the responses all!! @dazedandconfused yea, I've heard rumors that is the case, but I have little personal knowledge. I don't want to be judgy, sometimes kids have a bad day. game ended with 35 and 22 PIM respectively so it wasn't just him and a bunch of choir boys, it was, shall we say, old tyme.
  22. 1 point
    Been involved in four 16U scrimmages/placement games so far and I have to say the officiating has been quite good. Parents have been well behaved as well. It's pretty refreshing actually. A small sample I know, fingers crossed it will last.
  23. 1 point
    It has to do with the premise of first year peewees playing up to checking bantam. Since mid-am and USA Hockey don't recognize non-checking middle school hockey, it all falls under the same umbrella as checking hockey.
  24. 1 point
    Thanks for all of your time!
  25. 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.
  26. 1 point
    No, I meant that their ability to penalize the kids for any banging on the boards is annoying.
  27. 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
  28. 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?
  29. 1 point
    I obviously can’t name names on this board of “who” the player from Lebo was. He’s a defenseman who played on that team last year. Why would where the Arctic Fox player be playing next year matter? The evaluators wouldn’t know that. It’s almost like you’re saying he didn’t earn it himself?
  30. 1 point
    Lots of good info in here that parents need to read. Question. If Yuri was such a great coach and this is his "career", why hasn't he moved on and coached at a higher level? Let's be honest, no one coaching a youth hockey team should make a salary. These career coaches are stains on WPA hockey. As far as the Pens, they have career coaches as well. But they are disguised when they are given jobs at the UPMC rink as "skills professionals". LOL.
  31. 1 point
    What's the obsession with Harmar organizations? Do you realize that they're both basically one and the same? Just like NHAHA rosters Esmark and BV rosters Icemen so does SCIR roster Vengeance.
  32. 1 point
    This is true. Close to 130 kids signed up. Had heard NP was early and before RMU and Butler and therefor parents had kids try out and in event they did not make it they couls try the others. My wife heard this from another hockey mom so I am not sure if that was a reason for increase in tryout numbers. They also added a 6th travel team. hockey is thriving!
  33. 1 point
    Moronic take . Simply outlasted not a legit hockey team ride the pens coat tails compete with pure programs built trained. Wow you are a true hater. Your kid must be a SUPERSTAR!!!!!!!!!
  34. 1 point
    Might be the first time I have completely agreed with something @Wampa1 said
  35. 1 point
    Organizations still appreciate your time. Learn to play, learn to skate programs go on all year. When your child is done, you can volunteer for the Pens Hockey Sticks together programs. Your kid's program could continue to benefit from your experience. Help a new squirt team next season. Bring your midget with you. You don't have to volunteer so much time as when he was playing, but boy those new coaches would appreciate your knowledge and experience. And you don't have to quit what has been such a large part of your life.
  36. 1 point
    She never said someone said he was getting a college scholarship-she said “maybe a little help with college would be nice,” which I’m sure every parent has said about a sport or academics. She said the goalie coach said to shoot for AAA.
  37. 1 point
    http://pihlsite.pointstreaksites.com/view/pihlsite/history-245 Here s an over view but team records seem up to the associations
  38. 1 point
    I think ejecting parents needs to happen more often and, unfortunately sometimes it takes ejecting their kids as well to teach them a lesson.
  39. 1 point
    So you think there is hope for Western Pa as the hockey talent pool becomes more seasoned? My sons played hockey back in the 90's both PAHL, PIHL and then College club Hockey. Now I am watching my grandkids play. I will tell you that the officials took much less grief from the stands back in the 90's. I saw more than 1 fan & parent get asked to leave a game and the refs wouldn't start the game again till they left. I wouldn't be opposed to seeing that happen again. I'm sure it does but it seems the refs take more now. I will tell you that I think the skill level of the players is vastly improved over the 90's. Anyway you seem to have a unique view of all this. How do you see yourself In this? As a fan of hockey? Concerned parent? Agent for change?
  40. 1 point
    I can argue that because it’s not any different than it has been in the 30+ years I’ve been involved. I wouldn’t suggest to any parent to put on the stripes. It’s hard enough with competent officials let alone a biased, inexperienced party attempting the job. The money you pay gives you no rights other than the roster spot you accepted. Like it or not. It’s a sport that requires a membership fee. A high one at that. But you have no other rights as a parent because of the cost. Especially playing time or any other game involved issues. No one is twisting your arm to pay the fee.
  41. 1 point
    If you want your son to attend a camp where he spends the week in a college dorm with a positive hockey experience, good food, camaraderie then Kent State is a good choice. My oldest son attended this camp a few years ago and enjoyed it, but felt he did not improve his game very much and it was more about being away from home for a week and having fun. If you want your son to take part in a more hockey centric camp, there are better choices out there. Yuri has a weekly camp at Baeirl that includes on / off ice training and meals from a local Italian restaurant. Yuri can be a ball buster, but if you want your son to attend a camp that is all about hockey at a competitive pace with skill development etc this may be for you. http://www.interelhockeyacademy.com
  42. 1 point
    I wish I had known ahead of time and I would have went even though they are "just squirts" I bet it was a fun game regardless. Hope the parents on both sides behaved themselves as becoming AAA hockey 😁
  43. 1 point
    Congrats on your win, hope you enjoyed our city! As to your question, there are a lot of aggressive teams out this way, more so as you go north into Canada and New York, and particularly after they hit Bantam and the testosterone kicks in. If you continue to travel to play, you need to prepare your players, there is still a lot of old school hockey being taught and played, although the shift to skill is happening. Sounds like they did just fine, putting the puck into the net instead of retaliating.
  44. 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.
  45. 1 point
    I noticed that too. It’s a useful tool to help coaching strategies, but I guess at this level it’s not important to know which players to watch out for and which teams have solid power plays etc. 🙄
  46. 1 point
    Not exactly AAA related. But the elite hockey players need to be working in the summer and we have a fun way of doing that so i thought i'd throw it on here. no harm, no foul. Just wanted to invite everyone to our tryouts at GPDC that will be taking place this week through the next three weeks. IT's for our all-star program that plays in local, and a few travel tournaments, over the summer months in 2019. It's a big help for ice hockey and is a nice slight change of pace in the off season and keeps the kids active. And most importantly it's fun and inexpensive. Just please feel free to come to one of the tryouts to check out what it's all about. Or feel free to give me a call 412-852-0854. I help with all of the teams. And scout for an OHL organization and have a long history of playing and coaching and i help with all the kids on their skill work. So feel free to come on by. We'd love to have you check it out! https://www.greaterpittdekhockey.com/news_article/show/955920
  47. 1 point
    Thanks for a very thoughtful answer.
  48. 1 point
    NP is Wildcats for sure, so I assume "North Hills" is Viper Stars.
  49. 1 point
    thanks for this info- my wife grew up in aspinwall/fox chapel area, but it seems like Renegades are the only conveniently located program to that part of town. not that a little driving would scare me off too much, but commuting to something south like the Panthers might be too much of a pain in the ass, and vice versa if you live down there. Austin literally only has 1 organization, which is terrible if you aren't happy with the situation for whatever reason (coaching, fees, other parents, etc.) because it's either suck it up, or quit the sport. Having options is a totally foreign concept for us!
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