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Rico last won the day on January 17

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  1. Well I think you can come here and talk some s***... every now and again have productive convo, voice your concerns or the reality you know... without fear that anyone from organizations cares enough to ostracize you. Org’s know things aren’t perfect. I think the declining participation is more a result of the fact that this board has turned into just constant whining about what PPE is up to... from people seemingly outside the program.
  2. Playing above their skill set... correct. I am deeply sorry and I put forth my utmost sincere apologies for using the word “means” incorrectly. I now see the mass confusion it caused and while it will take time for all of us to heal... I have taken away a very valuable lesson and I will be better next time. With that said, dazedandconfused has about 5 different usernames he regularly uses. The hilarity ensuing when he ends up having conversations with himself in an attempt to further his campaign narrative. Has anyone ever had 4-5 usernames come out of the woodwork to dispute you... That’s Mr.Complex above. Theres definitely some heated discussions here, and some of us, admittedly can be a little douchey at times. My bad, I’m passionate about the sport. Nothing personal. But everyone should really take note that there aren’t nearly as many unique IP’s around here as the username count suggests. So while I’m not an English scholar, I do have a career/expertise in IT and I can tell you all about some of the 🤡 ‘s on here who are acting above their means...
  3. Who goes on a message board asking for advice, gets it, then turns around and acts like the people responding are know it alls or being condescending? You asked about kids playing above their means, I responded to clarify, you responded with a smartass post talking about how some of us have our fingers on the pulse etc., so you got called out. Weirdo.
  4. Says the guy trying to stir things up, by way of playing dumb on a message board. Who do you think you’re kidding? Anyway, yes, outside of the major hockey markets I mentioned (where a lot of the top athletes are playing hockey)... it is very hit or miss, often miss, in regards to teams being able to fill a roster with kids who are best suited to play at whatever level they are trying out at. Hockey, in most smaller cities and lukewarm markets is still the 3rd or 4th sport of choice.
  5. I wasn’t even alluding to PPE or one organization in particular. There are kids in the majority of organizations across America who are playing above their means. Why? Because most cities (aside from CHI, BOS,DET) don’t have the participation numbers to fill out rosters with kids who are legitimately AAA, AA players. Some people on this board like to take things out of context, and spin it towards their anti-PPE agenda.
  6. Not sure if you took that the wrong way, given the short response. It just is what it is, if the organization makes the parents purchase rainbow helmets, they aren’t going to make those same set of parents come up with a neutral colored helmet for 3-5 try out sessions. In my opinion, the colors, stickers, jerseys, shells etc are something the parents put way more thought into than evaluators. It ultimately comes down to what the kid can do on the ice. There are kids who are playing beneath what they’re capable of, and don’t have any fancy stickers to show for it. There are also kids who are playing at a level way beyond their means and have all the fancy swag to show for it. Evaluators, most of them, know this reality. I don’t think it’s something to put a lot of thought into, especially at legitimate AAA organizations.
  7. No organization is going to tell parents to go out and spend $200 on a black helmet just for tryouts (if their org wears something other than black or white).
  8. 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.
  9. Great post, but this mainly applies to the older ages. You’re going to get a range of emotions and mixed signals from a young kid, none of which mean you should throw in the towel on hockey, or AAA hockey. Nor do I think you (in general) can judge a Pens kid, or any kid, who doesn’t want to be at the rink at 5am. I guarantee 10 year old Sidney Crosby probably didn’t want to get up at 4:30 in the AM to go practice, then go to school. There are people who can’t wait to get to their jobs, but getting out of bed to get there is a project.
  10. The Pens are not political. With all due respect to said individuals, I won’t name names but there have been some heavy hitters with kids trying out, in the program.....Execs, pro’s, former pro’s and I can’t name one single case where a kid was put on a team, put on a team he/she didn’t belong on due to outside influences.
  11. Most coaches have jackets on, on the ice.
  12. I’ve been to multiple youth sport games over the years and it’s definitely amplified in hockey more so than other sports. You have isolated incidents in other sports, like soccer, baseball, football but those games largely come and go without much fuss. When was the last time you watched a youth hockey game, in full, and didn’t hear someone crying in the stands? I think hockey parents feel safer because there’s multiple layers of separation between an ice hockey referee and a parent. Refs are on skates, on a sheet of ice, surrounded by a bowl of boards. It’s not as intimidating to the average human to scream insults at another human being when sub-consciously they know that the other human poses little to no threat. Also, western PA hockey parents are some of the worst I’ve seen. A large portion of it is, in my opinion, the lack of parents past participation in the sport. They simply do not understand or can not accept that what goes on on the ice is run of the mill, ordinary shit that’s part of a collision sport. This does not happen in traditional hockey markets AS MUCH, where kids are being raised by people who played the game. WHERE SAID PARENTS are desensitized and much more tolerant having been in the same position their kids are in. Again, I fee for the man and women who have to ref these games while listening to these turds.
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