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Minor Hockey and the Last Horrah or Was It?

by Guest » Thu Sep 23, 2021 1:01 pm

Minor Hockey and the Last Horrah or Was It?



Well, as I sit here typing this blog or whatever to call it I can’t help but reflect on all the experiences minor hockey has provided me as a father of two sons playing the sport since the age of 4.

I’ve met some interesting folks, some I would call friends, some I would not. I’ve been to some interesting places, toting my son and his smelling equipment up to the front desk of a hotel in the early morning hours to check in.

The real question is would I do it again if I had the chance? And what would I do differently?


First let me say, I was blessed in watching both my sons grow up in front of my eyes with my youngest right up until his final performance on the ice, which unfortunately fell short in tryouts for his local u18 team. Even in the presence of unlikely odds of succeeding to keep his spot on the team, my son, right before heading into the rink, smiled at me while seeing my concern. “I got this, Dad.” He said. Both he and I knew that perhaps no matter how he performed in that final tryout game, it wasn’t going to be enough. We, as experienced hockey parents, know all too well the politics and backroom deals that are made that determine outcomes on team rosters before rosters are even made. Unfortunately, in this case in particular, my son fell victim.

I am not writing this as a ‘sour grapes’ parent but rather an appreciative parent because on that day, I got to witness a boy become a man. No finger pointing, no ‘forget this crap!’ attitude. Rather a young man facing long odds taking on the challenge. If nothing else comes of this experience as a father, I can walk away knowing my son has become a young man, one that has learned to look inside for strength not outside for excuses.

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2007 ETA

by Guest » Thu Sep 23, 2021 9:55 am

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Guest wrote:Now that the dust is starting to settle after tryouts, how are things looking for BC and NCP?

BC will be the top team in the ETA. NCP will struggle to score and will not be as strong as team.


That's a bold prediction for BC since they had 3 kids de-commit a week before tryouts that all needed to be replaced, plus they have a coach that has never coached a meaningful game, and it was his coaching in meaningless games that lead to the kids de-committing. It is much more likely that it will be a sh@! show in BC land.


This sounds exactly like OG's coach/situation

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2007 ETA

by Guest » Thu Sep 23, 2021 7:44 pm

Guest wrote:
Guest wrote:
Guest wrote:
Guest wrote:Now that the dust is starting to settle after tryouts, how are things looking for BC and NCP?

BC will be the top team in the ETA. NCP will struggle to score and will not be as strong as team.


That's a bold prediction for BC since they had 3 kids de-commit a week before tryouts that all needed to be replaced, plus they have a coach that has never coached a meaningful game, and it was his coaching in meaningless games that lead to the kids de-committing. It is much more likely that it will be a sh@! show in BC land.


This sounds exactly like OG's coach/situation


Is the BC coach threatening the players that left like the OG coach is?? Real mature of a coach to threaten 14 year old kids...

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2007 ETA

by Guest » Thu Sep 23, 2021 9:15 am

Guest wrote:
Guest wrote:Now that the dust is starting to settle after tryouts, how are things looking for BC and NCP?

BC will be the top team in the ETA. NCP will struggle to score and will not be as strong as team.


That's a bold prediction for BC since they had 3 kids de-commit a week before tryouts that all needed to be replaced, plus they have a coach that has never coached a meaningful game, and it was his coaching in meaningless games that lead to the kids de-committing. It is much more likely that it will be a sh@! show in BC land.

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Season over for the dummies!

by Guest » Thu Sep 23, 2021 7:17 am

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Guest wrote:Drinking and driving seems like a good idea to some in til someone dies. Hoping many of you anti vaxxers can look your kids in the eyes and feel good about your decision if you become a stat. Why take the chance?


Friend blacked out and crashed his car after the vaccine. He has bells palsy, brain fog and is on blood thinners now. Why didn't the vaccine protect him?


My friend got a huge increase in the size of his erection and started a career in p**n. All because of the vaccine. I guess there 2 sides of bs.

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2007 ETA

by Guest » Thu Sep 23, 2021 11:33 am

Guest wrote:
Guest wrote:
Guest wrote:Now that the dust is starting to settle after tryouts, how are things looking for BC and NCP?

BC will be the top team in the ETA. NCP will struggle to score and will not be as strong as team.


That's a bold prediction for BC since they had 3 kids de-commit a week before tryouts that all needed to be replaced, plus they have a coach that has never coached a meaningful game, and it was his coaching in meaningless games that lead to the kids de-committing. It is much more likely that it will be a sh@! show in BC land.

Funny I don’t remember the COW coach coaching any “meaningful “ games either. You guys need to give it a rest. Everyone knows you pulled your kids cause you demanded more ice time than any of them deserve.

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2007 ETA

by Guest » Fri Sep 24, 2021 8:51 am

Guest wrote:
Guest wrote:
Guest wrote:
Guest wrote:
Guest wrote:
Guest wrote:
Guest wrote:Now that the dust is starting to settle after tryouts, how are things looking for BC and NCP?

BC will be the top team in the ETA. NCP will struggle to score and will not be as strong as team.


That's a bold prediction for BC since they had 3 kids de-commit a week before tryouts that all needed to be replaced, plus they have a coach that has never coached a meaningful game, and it was his coaching in meaningless games that lead to the kids de-committing. It is much more likely that it will be a sh@! show in BC land.


This sounds exactly like OG's coach/situation


Is the BC coach threatening the players that left like the OG coach is?? Real mature of a coach to threaten 14 year old kids...


how is he threatening players that left???

He's not someone is just bitter they aren't on the bench anymore so they try and discredit the new guy.


Wrong. This guy has been talking sh!t since day 1, and is now talking sh!t about all the kids that left him. Just ask any player on his team and they’ll you some of the bullsh!t this guy is spewing. As for his bench, no one wants to be there with him and associated with him, he’s embarrassing.

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Tryout Alert: Mississauga NoNeedlers

by Guest » Fri Sep 24, 2021 6:42 am

Mississauga is too far for this anti-vaxx family. We live in Huntsville. Who is up for forming the Rural VaxIsPoisoners? We can run a short bench and this one team will be open for tyke to midget players. Full contact and no helmets allowed. Bringing this back old school because freedom BABY! Players are not allowed to be vaccinated. Coaches, staff & volunteers won't be vaccinated. Already lined up a team sponsor: Durvet

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OMHA U18 21/22

by Guest » Thu Sep 23, 2021 2:12 pm

APR will smoke all of you. Top OMHA team this year by far!

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2008 GTHL AAA

by Guest » Thu Sep 23, 2021 10:40 am

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Guest wrote:TRW kaboom! International clothiers blowout sale!


Top 4 team


Lost 9-1 to VK last night.