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Eddie Shore

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  1. Great question and some very good advice listed above. The Parent's Cods of Conduct is a great start, and I will echo the other advice that depending what transpired, it could be a safesport violation. If it was in the locker room area, that most likely would be a rink issue as those areas are for players and coaches only. Finally, as most have stated that sadly these is where we have gotten to nowadays. The good news is that since your son is 12 now, it will only be a few short years until they 16-17 years old and there is nothing better than seeing a dad who thinks he is a bad-ass get whooped by a teenager 🙂 I had it happen to my son years ago. He and another kid got ejected from a High School Game (actually the other kid was fine with it and they joked going back to the locker room). Dad decided to go back into the locker room and confront my son (physically). Needless to say my kid came out without a scratch. Dad was in there a while and still sitting on the bench a little dazed when the game ended and the rest of the team came in. Nothing better than being a little groggy from getting beat up by a 16 year old, then have 19 more players and 3 coaches come in.
  2. Correct, Major Junior = Can't play. Regular Juniors = Can play. But, that second rule looks like you can play in Major Juniors, file an appeal, sit out the first year, then play. That is very interesting......
  3. Not sure I understand your statement. If you are saying that if you play Juniors anywhere in Canada, you would be NCAA ineligible, you incorrect. You can play in some Canadian Junior Leagues such as the CCHL and be NCAA eligible. Ben Brunette is playing for Carleton Place this year and is a commit to UMass Lowell, and Jack Agnew is playing is playing in the BCHL and is going to Boston College this fall. If you are saying that if you play in the three you listed, you would be ineligible, then I agree. It can get confusing. The real confusing part is if you play in the OHL you are ineligible, but if you are in the OJHL you are ok.
  4. Actually that is incorrect. It is up to the coach. While most choose to spread it out, some do offer full rides, while others on the roster could get nothing. I know this for a 100% fact as I know of two players my kid played with that did get full offers (one did not accept it and went pro). I will state that I do not have first hand knowledge regarding the player in question, so it was wrong of me to assume that in his instance. However, I will not concede on my original point that the pro team in question does not do anything to advance youth hockey in the area from what I have seen and no argument from the "kool aid" drinkers is going to sway my opinion in this regard.
  5. Wow. So he saved a pro team and can do whatever he wants with youth hockey? I guess I just don't see it that way.
  6. You and twoleftfeet are spot on. Anyone who is confused by your posts or who thinks this isn't the root cause of 99% of the problems hasn't been paying attention. Not too many players who could get a full NCAA D1 ride, and tryouts each year with a pro team while averaging less than a half a point a game as a forward. Doesn't really affect me, I just hate it when the favoritism exists and people try to tell you it doesn't. Most pro teams really don't support local youth hockey (not talking about money, they all give that). This is one of the few that has actually damaged it.
  7. Without a doubt the best thing I have read here in a long time! As a spectator who just sits quietly and watches a game (in 15 years I think I may have yelled at the refs twice). I am literally the person who gets up and moves from the loud mouth hockey moms. I am one of those guys who stands down at the end by the boards with the other quiet dads, all of which hate the yelling from the stands.
  8. Not sure, but i think you are right. I know BCHL, CCHL, OJHL and a few others are ok, but I am not sure how all the other ones are.
  9. Yes, this is something that almost all parents of younger kids really don't understand. When my kid was younger and playing we would see some older kids get NCAA D1 offers and thought they would actually go there and play (like you see with football). I can tell you out of 10 kids who were "signed" to D1 schools, only 1 actually played D1 and he was not on a scholarship. A true NCAA D1 ride is very rare. Most of the time they commit, then are asked to go play Juniors in Canada either after High School or during it. They bump around on a few teams and maybe even a few leagues. Then when they turn 21 they either stop playing or go to college and play ACHA. Most people don't understand that hockey is different than football and basketball.
  10. I can say I am honestly a little confused by your post. Your first paragraph does nothing but reinforce my statement that Pittsburgh is far from a hockey town. You stated: "When a team is doing well banners go up and such. no one is even aware of who the PPE is playing or that they won a National Championship a few years ago. there is no sense of community around hockey in our area." You then go on in your 2nd paragraph to try to argue against this. You state: "as an outsider though, i think you may be surprised by how many people in the area are actually "true" hockey fans." Not sure I am following your logic. However, I am sure there are lots of people in Pittsburgh who know a ton about hockey and come from very long lines of hockey families. My statement was not meant to put everyone in this category. However, even you have to admit that Pittsburgh cannot compare to true hockey markets like Minnesota, Detroit, Boston and Buffalo. From your post I think I can assume you have a kid that is playing, and you too may have played as a child. Well, if this is true then you have in fact traveled to these areas and seen the difference. Pittsburgh just isn't there yet. Maybe in some time, just not now. I hope this clarifies my position.
  11. Depends on your definition of "not far off". As an outsider I once spoke to person from Pittsburgh about whether it was a "hockey town" or not. I told them it wasn't, it was a Penguins town. They said no, it is actually a "Sidney Crosby" town. It's where their support ends. When Crosby is done and if the Pens don't replace him with another superstar, and they start to miss the playoffs, they will be right back to and empty arena. Most of you I am sure see it at work, you run into a guy wearing a Penguins shirt and you say hey are you a hockey fan? And they say oh yea huge fan watch it all the time, and inside of 60 seconds you realize they really aren't. They can't name more than 3 players from any team other than the Pens, they have no idea that Pittsburgh has a Men's and Women's NCAA D1 and D3 program, and don't know the name of the Junior Team. Never been to a Nailers Game, and really don't understand what they are watching on AT&T Sportsnet when the game is on. If you go to an area like Minnesota you will see a much more wider scope and depth of knowledge that the majority of people here don't have. I agree it will come in time.
  12. With all due respect, you cannot compare Pittsburgh to Minnesota. It's apples and oranges and adding a slit-season isn't going to change that. Minnesota is just a a different level than everyone else, with other areas like, Buffalo, Detroit and Boston a little further behind. Pittsburgh just doesn't have the fan support to pull this off yet. You need kids who have fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers who all played and understand the sport. This area is just not there yet. That being said, it is nice to a see kid or two here and there make it to the NHL. This at least shows some progress.
  13. Well, I don't think anyone here is suggesting to force a kid to play a sport they don't want to. Also, as you can see from some of the responses, most are stating that at a younger age they should play more than one. Most of the links I posted say you should specialize starting around 14 (so right as you are getting ready to go into High School). So, yes at a High School level, you should commit 100% to one sport. At the risk of triggering a few people here, most kids (at a young age) are open to trying anything. It is usually is the nut-job parents (I am excluding you from this generalization of course), who are so hyper-focused on getting some Squirt aged player into special clinics with former pro instructors, dietitians, off ice workout programs and all the other nonsense that most pro athletes do, that they cause more damage than good. To reiterate, most research now shows kids should play multiple sports until the age of 14, then begin focusing on one. But, each parent is of course entitled to make their own choices. The OP is the one who came on here and asked for the advice.
  14. https://www.competitivedge.com/when-should-my-child-specialize-just-one-sport https://www.healthline.com/health-news/children-should-play-more-than-one-sport https://www.menshealth.com/trending-news/a19538336/kids-focus-on-one-sport/
  15. Preparing for PeeWee tryouts next year? Yea, I would focus on Baseball, Lacrosse or possibly Soccer. I'm not kidding. If a child is less than 14 years old, they need to play more than 1 sport. Do not keep them on the ice year round, they will not develop all their muscle groups (no matter how much you work out). They need multiple sports for muscle and coordination.
  16. I think you misunderstood my post. I don't need to look at it. My kid plays in ACHA. We pay just about the same price as we did when he played travel. He does it because he loves his school and the sport. Don't get me wrong, the schools treat these players very well, with uniforms, equipment, swag, buses, hotel rooms and meals. NCAA is great, if you want your kid to go billet in Ontario until they are 21.
  17. Looks like this is the 2nd thread stated where parents are the issue. I never volunteered for anything when my kid was playing for this very reason. I can say in all honesty that though all my kids years of playing travel and High School, I can count on one hand the number of parent board members and/or volunteers that were good. The balance were just in it to cause controversy and try to get their kid a leg-up. I loved in the "On another note" thread where one person stated that there were a handful of parents who thought the coach could get their kid into College Hockey. This just shows you how delusional these people are. If there are referring to NCAA D1, there is no High School Coach in this area who can help with that. If your kid is a Sophmore and you have not been contacted yet, your coaches reccomendation isn't going to help. If you are talking about NCAA D3, there is no scholorship money for that. And Club is just that, Club. I actually had one parent tell me a few years back that there kid was getting a college scholorship to for roller hockey. I'll say it one more time, the parents are the problem.
  18. I guess I don't understand why most people would want to see them, - Because some parents are crazy, that's why. but I also don't understand why it is an issue to let people see them. - See answer above..........
  19. Ah the good ole days of being a parent scorekeeper. Nothing better than a shot ringing off the pipe and goalie mom screaming because I didn't count the shot. Good times
  20. Actually, most people here would agree with that. As I said in another thread just a few days ago, it is the parents that ruin everything.
  21. Yea, but the example I was giving was from 5 years ago. They won't be happy until they turn it into Roller Hockey
  22. Here's another one. A player was skating down with the puck on his stick. The defenseman bodied him up and rubbed him into the boards (not a hit just a rub, and neither player went down). The Ref blew his whistle and called interference on the defenseman. When the coach asked for an explaination, the ref replied it was because the defenseman played the body and not the puck. Isn't that what defenseman are taught to do? Play the body? 😊
  23. Oh good, we are telling bad Ref stories! Ok here's one. My son was playing in a High School game years ago, and the goalie froze the puck under his glove. The Ref blew the whistle and everyone stopped. The goalie raised his glove off the ice and the puck was 3/4 of the way across the goal line. The ref blew his whistle, pointed and said goal. All the players said but the puck is not all the way across the line. He replied it didn't have to fully cross the line all it had to was break the plane. Of course, he was wrong (and was using the rules from the wrong sport). No amount of arguing from anyone was going to change his mind. The goal stayed.
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