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A sad day

I apologize to my readers for not having posted any new articles this week.  It has been a sad week for the Hockeyscribe as my grandfather has passed away.  Please excuse the lack of new articles and I’ll be getting back to it hopefully within the next few days.

If you’re so inclined, a small prayer for Dallas would be appreciated.

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Inspirational Hockey Quotes

You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave – win or lose.  Gordie Howe

 

Hockey’s a funny game. You have to prove yourself every shift, every game. It’s not up to anybody else. You have to take pride in yourself.  Paul Coffey

 

You’ve got to love what you’re doing. If you love it, you can overcome any handicap or the soreness or all the aches and pains, and continue to play for a long, long time.  Gordie Howe

 

Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.  Wayne Gretzky

 

Hockey captures the essence of Canadian experience in the New World. In a land so inescapably and inhospitably cold, hockey is the chance of life, and an affirmation that despite the deathly chill of winter we are alive.  Stephen Leacock

 

Hockey players have fire in their hearts and ice in their veins.  Unknown

 

The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.Wayne Gretzky

 

I found out that if you are going to win games, you had better be ready to adapt.  Scotty Bowman

 

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. – Satchel Paige

 

I won’t accept anything less than the best a player’s capable of doing, and he has the right to expect the best that I can do for him and the team! – Lou Holtz

 

Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half.Bum Phillips

A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are. – Ara Parasheghian

 

The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual. – Vince Lombardi

 

Ability is what you’re capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it. – Lou Holtz

 

Show me a guy whos afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.-Lou Brock

 

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club wont be worth a dime. – Babe Ruth

 

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Then there’s Travel Responses:

I wanted to represent some of the responses that have come across the Mlive forum since the last round of the travel debate has raged on.

 

Some were succinct:  “This *is* travel hockey after all.” And others were a little more involved.  Here’s a couple straight from the mlive forums:

89704.4.2. Thats makes as much sense

by PhilDCooler, 8/5/08 9:02 ET

 

. . . I understand that it is travel hockey but in the strict sense of the word but so are the house leagues now. There are very few true house programs any more. Almost everyone travels.

 

Travel hockey does not need to mean that I have to drive my son to Grand Rapids for a league game. I understand that those on the west side want to play in the league [snip] . . . but there needs to be a separate division. [snip] . . . we’ll see them in the playoffs.

And another response:

89704.5.1.1. No perfect system….

by killjoi, 8/5/08 9:12 ET

 

. . . Maybe one solution is to limit one outstate team to each division to limit the trips, but again one could argue how is that fair if a west side team has to come over to the Metro area two or more times per month. [snip] . . . . the bottom line is enter the league, pick your preference (competitive or geographic)and then accept the results. There is no doubt that there will be unhappy people, but this isn’t and will never be 100% perfect for 100% of the teams.

And finally a response that surprised even this blogger. This was posted on the Mlive youth forums on August 6, 2008.  I would not call this representative of other’s views toward the LCAHL (Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League).

89773. Thing is the…..

by BigArn2, 8/6/08 9:17 ET

SE Michigan teams don’t NEED to drive great distances to get games with good competitive teams. [snip] . . . The need of the out state teams in not the problem of the SE Michigan teams. It isn’t the SE Michigan teams’ responsibility to play games with the out state teams or to travel to their locations for games. The “that isn’t fair to those teams” arguement is stupid. It is the SE Michigan teams responsibility to set up games so that they have the best competition for their teams [snip] . . . If we decide to travel to GR, TC, Kazoo, Midland, Bay City, Saginaw to play fine, we’ve made that decision as a team. We shouldn’t be forced to travel to those locations, any more than they should be forced to travel here. The problem is that LCAHL has forgotten that they exist at our pleasure. They have adopted the mentality that they are the be all and end all for youth hockey, they aren’t. Heck we don’t need a league to play in, we can schedule scrimmages games all year. Our team is a member of an association that gets to send a representative to districts. That is more important than the LCAHL.

We are all entitled to our own opinions for sure, but my feeling is that the LCAHL has done a tremendous job in promoting youth hockey in Michigan using *volunteers* to get that job done.  Suggesting that “youth hockey” turn their back on this league is a mistake that could be very costly to the state of youth hockey in Michigan.

 

I would also state that the vast majority of youth hockey players that I have coached, managed and spoken to would much rather play in a league where their perception is that the games “mean” something rather than being an independent team playing nothing but scrimmage games.

 

Finally, as is mentioned in this response – we all have choices – who to play for, who to play with, what team to play on , what association to be a part of, what league we play in, what level to play, and how far we want to travel.  We should all simply exercise our option to choose and this argument is dead in the water.

 

Showcase idea

 

An idea that hasn’t received a bunch of airplay on the mlive forums is the concept of showcase weekends.

 

Other leagues are doing this to alleviate some travel concerns – albeit farther than any LCAHL team is traveling – how about a Grand Rapids area team having to go to Nashville for 2 league games?  Yikes!  But hey, Nashville is a cool city.

 

Could kill many birds with one stone with the showcase approach.  At the Bantam and Midget levels – could use it as an opportunity to bring in some junior and college scouts.  At the other levels – the league could send some representatives to assess the level of play – competitiveness of the games etc.  Not to mention the obvious advantage of playing 4 to 5 league games over the course of a weekend.  If setup properly, in a division with 11 teams (20 league games total) you could satisfy the 10 home games with a couple of weekend showcase events.

 

The co-op option

 

Another option to address these concerns is to actually work together to come up with some solutions.  I’ve done this in the past – working with other local teams to coordinate ice times and dates to allow a couple of teams to make the trip and get 4 games out of the weekend.  It’s good hockey, it’s making the most out of the trip and it builds good working relationships between teams.

 

The argument to many of these comes from the viewpoint of the coach not wanting to pack that many league games into one weekend.  I can understand that viewpoint – injuries, conflicting schedules etc could have a significant impact on a weekend full of league games.  But the bottom line is there is not perfect system and you either manage the travel or come up with a solution that limits travel without limiting the league.

 

The original statement was made:

 

“I believe that is 1/2 the reason the sport of hockey is on the decline.”

 

I’m assuming that this statement was specifically about the decline within the state of Michigan.  If this is truly the case – that the “excessive” travel is causing a decline in the number of participants in youth hockey – what do you think it would do if there were suddenly geographic boundaries for the LCAHL?  So in other words, no team outside of said boundary can participate unless they are willing to have all their home games schedule within the boundaries.  I’m guessing that would have a fairly negative impact on the number of participants as well.

 

There is a common ground here.  We all just have to work to find it and not let the zealots at either end of the argument rule the day.

 

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Great Hockey Quotes

Here are some great hockey quotes: Some inspiring, some funny and some that make you say, huh?  Enjoy!

 

”A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” –Wayne Gretzky

 

”Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking your potential.” – Liane Carlos

 

”Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you.” – Jacques Plante

 

”It takes brains. It’s not like a forward, where you can get away with scoring and not play defense. On defense you have to be thinking.” – Chris Chelios

 

”It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it’s what you put into the practice.” – Eric Lindros

 

”It’s too easy when you’re not winning to look for excuses and point at others for reasons. ”You can say “Oh well, it’s this guys fault or they don’t do this well” or you can say “I’ve got to play better and contribute more”. You’ve got to find another gear and come up with big games.” – Sean Burke

 

”People talk about skating, puck handling and shooting, but the whole sport is angles and caroms, forgetting the straight direction the puck is going, calculating where it will be directed, factoring in all the interruptions. Basically, my whole game is angles.” – Wayne Gretzky

 

”The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon

 

”The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.” – Joe Paterno

 

”What a player does best, he should practice least. Practice is for problems.” – Duke Snider

 

”The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill and spirit, but the greatest of these is spirit.” – Ken Doherty

 

”When I look at the net I don’t see a goalie.” – Pavel Bure

 

”You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky

 

”Call them pros, call them mercenaries — but in fact they are just grown-up kids who have learned on the frozen creek or flooded corner lot that hockey is the greatest thrill of all. – Lester Patrick

 

”I don’t like my hockey sticks touching other sticks, and I don’t like them crossing one another, and I kind of have them hidden in the corner. I put baby powder on the ends. I think it’s essentially a matter of taking care of what takes care of you” – Wayne Gretzky

 

”If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.” – Herschel Walker

 

”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

 

”Some guys play hockey. Gretzky plays 40mph chess.” – Lowell Cohn

 

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Welcome

Welcome to the Michigan Youth Hockey Blog – a place to publish thoughts as it relates to youth hockey in the great state of Michigan.  Your comments are welcome and if you’d like to send content to me, feel free to do so – I’ll post it – unless it is in bad taste.

I’ve been involved with youth hockey for many years now and as anyone who has been involved in any youth sports, have developed my own set of opinions.  I’ve also seen some interesting things over the years from officials, coaches, players, parents, associations – you name it.

Hockey is a great sport, with many excellent people involved at many different levels.  It is fun to watch, fun to play, fun to coach and fun to be a part of.  Hopefully you find this blog a good place to get some level headed information about youth hockey in Michigan.

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