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  1. Tomato/tomoto-NA/PT/SV/PR/TJ/FR are all very good teams. I don't see the drop off between those teams and the other AAA teams in the area. I would go so far as to say those teams beat all but 2 of the AAA teams in the area. I don't have to justify what kind of numbers the kid has put up. If he was playing in the PIHL A division then maybe you could make the argument your making. I don't see him as undersized at all, strength wasn't an issue either. SMH
  2. I can't beleive the Peters kid didn't get drafted. Arguably the best 06 in area. This just validates that where you play matters. I doubt many people went to see SHAHA AAA. He might have had a few looks at the HS level. I'm just blown away by this.
  3. The NHL is becoming more like the NFL everyday. This will soon be a made for TV/Fan game. Icing the puck is a staple of traditional hockey. Just like the trap and playing the body and not the puck. Face it the NHL is changing to meet the demand of the current generation.
  4. Some of the teams play in both. Westmont for example plays n the LMHL and the PIHL.
  5. People really won't travel for these games so PSU is out. The war memorial is still to far for the fair weather fan. What other choices do you have? PPG is simply to big, most would probably rather play in front of a packed house at RMU or the UPMC facility in Cranberrry. I just don't see any other options. Good luck PT!
  6. It tough to beat a team 3 times in a year. I think Peters has the firepower to pull it off.
  7. I checked with fnkassol, this is completely legit!
  8. I think this could be a good thing for local hockey. Right now PPE and Esmark are really the only option. We have lot's of teams playing independent schedules which is hit or miss by BY. If BB can put together a pipeline similar to that of PPE more local kids from the area can get exposure. The world today exists outside of PAHL, if you play PAHL your entire career and never leave the local market your not going anywhere. Like it or not travel and the cost of travel hockey is necessary if you plan on playing anything more than club hockey.
  9. The question is, when is Black Bear going to add a southwest PA team to this list? https://www.blackbearsportsgroup.com/teams.html I thought a team was coming this fall?
  10. My original comment holds true, practice develops players. Not games. This is all program dependent. Take a large AAA school like NA. You can work your ass of but if you don't have the talent you are not going to play JV. They have a full roster of kids that put in the effort and are talented. If you play at a single A school effort may very well get you some ice time. For the most part I'm not a fan of effort, everyone should be putting forth the effort to play the game.
  11. I think it’s pretty harsh to blame the whole team for the acts of a few people here. I think this goes beyond coaches and hockey. Parents have to take responsibility also for their kids behavior. This is after a game while teams are coming off the ice how can you blame everyone for that happening? I just think that’s harsh and incorrectly placing the blame. This player has been suspended by the league according to league documentation and others have as well. Do you know if the additional suspensions occurred for those players? I'm not throwing stones here so please don't take this that way. IMO the entire program needs to be shut down for the rest of the season. I'm sorry you punish the entire team for the acts of a few. This teaches "team" responsibility, these players are all responsible for the reputation of Shaler Hockey and the program. Just suspending the kids who went into the stands sends the wrong message to every other team in the league. The players activly involved shoud be suspended for 2 games to start next year if they are not seniors. Suspend them from amatuer hockey as well. Everyone needs to be more responsible in these situations. AD's game administration, officials, coaches and even other players. Chirping and shit talking someone on the ice is one thing, this is something completly different. I don't see a whole bunch of penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct being called at any level. Routinely we see players throwing punches and going at it in varsity games with nothing called. There are certain "rules" of hockey that go unpunished. You are wacking at the goalie after he has the puck, people coach and encourage players to clear the net. 2 ways to look at this-1. you got what you deserved for your poor behavior, 2. call the penalty and send the kid to the box. I agree that parents should have done more. These kids are responsible for what they do on the ice. If my kid would have ever left the ice and went into the stands near me he would be dealing with me. I would hope my friends and other parents would feel the same way and would have stopped them from coming into the stands before this even got started. Sounds like there is a lot of things I don't know and I'm not trying to comment on all those but will state that the head coach is ultimately responsible for the actions of the team and everyone assoctiated with it. This is just another example of the decay of society and lack of personal responsibility.
  12. We should start by having hockey recognized as a sport and not a club activity. Once we have that we can have schools provide transportation to the games. Once schools start to provide transportation to the games you could fill the bus with students who want to go to the game. Possibly add a second bus if needed. If you have ever been to Div 1 game most schools also have a band at the game, at least a Pep band. Why don't schools send a Pep band to the games at least the playoff games? I can tell you the local High School band director was sent an email about doing this and we heard cricketts back. PPG is a great venue but unless you can fill the place some of the atmosphere is lost. It would be really cool if Pitt had a D1 team with an on campus arena. Maybe Pegula would be a great venue for the State Championship depending on who is playing. Smaller venue would be better IMO if you can fill it up and get the place rocking.
  13. Actually just getting started. Several conversations with Division 3 coaches and Club coaches. Most are pushing the Jr's route. From what I have learned most hockey players have 2 years of Jr's before they enroll in school. Tough decision for a High School Sr. I don't necessarily believe that if your good enough they will find you. I'm sure that is the case for the top 5%. For all those other kids you need to find a school that is looking for what you bring to the table. Hockey and Academics play a part in the decision making process.
  14. Has anyone had any success with NCSA or Captain U? I'm interested to see if coaches actually contact you. I have been directly emailing coaches and filling out the new player forms with some success.
  15. I beleive this idea could work but it would need to come from the NHL. The NHL would need to mandate some portion of profit sharing/support that goes directly to the local hockey community. For this to work you have to take $$ from the owners, this is where the idea fails without support from the highest level.
  16. No more students at the games. Only parents. The on ice officials should have done something. Game management should have done something. One of the parents should have done something. Somone from the rink should have done something. Isn't there a police officer at all PIHL games?
  17. How will all the scouts watch little Tommy play?😀 They block practice sessions, who is watching that?
  18. Different birth year same discussion. If Tommy is that good move to Chicagoland or Minnesota, better chances of getting a look and better local competition.
  19. Valid point for discussion-be careful what you wish for! Division 1 athletes getting paid, hmmm, assume the top 1% of the top 1% have enough name recognition to prosper in this environment. Will they give some $$ to their team or the school for helping them? We all know the answer to that question. Eat what you kill right? If you are getting paid why would the school give you a scholarship? They are already providing you the platform to make money. Maybe more importantly will this start to erode the lucrative endorsement deals of Nike, UA and other clothing and apparel manufacturers? If that starts to happen then there will truly be transformation of the landscape as we know it. Eliminiating all scholarships, now kids actually decide to go to college for an education. Novel idea... There is big money behind college athletics until that dries up or goes somewhere else we are stuck with the low level coaches who gladly take your money promise you the world and have no idea how to deliver. Hockey is the poster child for all of this. Roughly 70 schools offer scholarship hockey. 25 players per team 1750 scholarships. You can probably cut that up and push the number to 3000. Check this out: 85 scholarships NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Scholarship count: FBS programs are allowed 85 scholarships on its roster at any given time, and generally can sign up to 25 players per year. Scholarship breakdown: All 85 scholarships are full rides. 130 FBS schools out there 11,050 at the highest level. If you think your getting national exposure playing AAA Hockey for anyone without national recognition good luck. Take your kid to the Mid-Am camp and see if they make the cut. Golden helmets and Blue jackets rule the school. Even if you had the talent getting past these road blocks are significant challenges. Sure go play for a Prep School they say: $60k out the door, how many of those kids are getting one of the 3000 scholarships? Eliminating scholarships would change the dynamic of sports and attendance at all universities. It also might eliminate the student debt problem as well. No way this happens in my life time.
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