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nemesis8679 last won the day on January 11

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  1. This is what the Pavel Barbers' of YouTube and tik tok have brought upon us. Now I'm not blasting the guy or saying the entertainment that kind of stuff gives is worthless... but in a real game of hockey, it is practically worthless. Excessive value put on individual carnival skills. Translates into over-stick handling, weaving in and out of the opposing players until the puck inevitably gets turned over, and pretty much no focus on puck support. On of the 14u teams my kid plays for has the most excruciatingly boring practices you'll ever see. But they're all in position during their games, and have a winning record so far largely because of it. Oh, and how much practice time to you ever see given to faceoffs, and who is to do what depending on what happens whether it's won or lost? How much practice time is given to utilizing the points in the offensive zone? Probably close to zero on both. Probably literally zero, actually, on the faceoffs.
  2. I'm starting to wonder if USA Hockey has taken management classes from the catholic church? A player abuses a billet child, and you remove him from the home and that's all? They say they spoke to both sets of parents, but no accusations were made? Well then what led to speaking to both sets of parents?? Yet, you and I need a background check and safes port training to work the penalty box in public? https://www.google.com/amp/s/ca.sports.yahoo.com/amphtml/news/nhl-reid-boucher-pleads-guilty-to-sex-crime-involving-12-year-old-girl-021631438.html
  3. Thanks for posting. That was a nice write-up. He sounds like a really great guy.
  4. Sorry if I misunderstood you. Mostly we're on the same page.
  5. You're right. They're all perfect. Even the ones who stood by while a female child was sexually harassed during a game. Neat.
  6. It has nothing to do with me keeping "wanting to complain" about officiating. If you noticed, I noted there are a lot of great refs and perfectly officiated games. They're making 50-some bucks a game, just do the job. I've seen everything from putting the wrong player in the box, to faceoffs in the wrong place on the ice. A lot of them could do much better. And by the same token some of them go above and beyond to do a good job and not let their own ego get in the way. And as mentioned above, yeah, parents are obnoxious sometimes. They should be warned, then tossed.
  7. For anyone interested https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5637734/#!po=54.4444
  8. Yeah I've been unsure myself, and a study I saw said it didn't make a huge difference with some of them. BUT that was a few years ago, and now with newer materials and technology, I think it does make a difference. Pretty sure the study was just mostly the fabric velcro type, not the newer kind with the bibs and materials that harden on impact. And I think either way the make a difference at lower ages where they strength, size, and weight aren't as much.
  9. I don't know. The quote from the police was that he did "as a result of the injury". It's not out of the realm of possibility that it was emergency trauma surgery as a last-ditch effort and just too much blood loss?
  10. If there was a yell, "hey ref you suck", I guarantee they'd be thrown out. I've seen it many times. So I don't buy any excuses from the refs. And while I'm on that: the refs have a hard job. But I'm tired of hearing, "we have such a hard time getting refs because they're abused". Sorry, it's part of the job. You can choose to control it, or ignore it. How hard is that? Oh, and a lot of the "abuse" is legit criticism for frankly some terrible officiating and total lack of controlling a game. Some of it is out of line and obviously unacceptable. Nobody's perfect and calls are going to be missed and bad calls made. But I've seen more abusive language hurled at the players than the refs, who I remind everyone, are children. Again, no one should be name-calling or threatening refs or anybody else. But lately in my observation this is just becoming an excuse to permit bad officiating. That said, I've seen many games that were called perfectly. Usually when I see who the refs are I know how it will go. And I agree, that guard shouldn't work a game ever again.
  11. This wasn't local, but its an important reminder to stress wearing a throat guard. I don't know if he had one or not, or if he was wearing one and it failed, or if it wouldn't have mattered either way. But all the same, it's a grim reminder to be as safe as you possibly can out there. What a nightmare. My heart goes out to his family, teammates, and friends. https://www.newstimes.com/news/article/St-Luke-s-identifies-Teddy-Balkind-as-student-16757105.php?cmpid=fbsocialflow
  12. From what I've seen, too much emphasis on individual skills, and no emphasis on hockey sense or playing a team game and filling the roles needed. More emphasis on trying to look like Pavel Barber than Pavel Datsyuk. A bigger deal made on what color your kids helmet is than how nice of a pass he made, or how many shots he blocked. How many players can I stick handle and deke around until I either score or turn the puck over, rather than how do the five of US get the puck out of our zone, into their zone, and in the net? And coaching that doesn't correct it at an early age.
  13. Honestly I don't know. Just what I heard had happened there. From more than one person.
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