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  • 21 Mar 2017
    Peoria - AZ March 21,2017 After more than 20 plus years of participating in Open Hockey, Shinny, Stick Time whatever you chose to call it I am still amazed by some of the behavior by young and older participants.Over the years I have done a tremendous amount of travel for work and over the years when it works out I bring my gear with me and participate in open hockey after work. It seems like no matter the city, state locale basic open hockey rules or etiquette is not observed.At most ice facilities goalies, can participate for free, there is a reason for this that some participants don’t understand or care to realize. I am here to say that they are already hard enough to get to come for a free skate. Why do some guys insist on dangling practice at warm up? Do they hope to split the goalies groin before a single shot is taken during the skate? Why do we take slap shots from the dot at warm up? Is the plan to force the goalie to leave? Or better yet never come back again? Let’s try and stick to simple shots to get the goalie warmed up prior to the skate, let’s try not to hurt him/her and make them of the mind of coming back next time.Can we take a few minutes to examine the skater who stays on the ice for extended lengths of time with a total disregard for any of the other participants? I never understood, this one – why deliberately go out of your way to make everybody angry with you? This one I never could understand, despite the stink eye’s the yelling GET OFF THE ICE from the bench, you ignore all this and insist on having no consideration or respect for anybody else on the ice. This is a classic I have been witness to many times. The new skater shows up, doesn’t know anyone and ends up getting in a fight? It’s likely the skater he has chosen to go to blows with is a regular who has been at the facility for years and likely knows everybody at the skate. Good luck new skater campaigning for sympathy and a chair at the bar after the skate.Finally, is the puck hog, the mindset is the following. I am going to practice my stick handing while everybody watches, even though they may have paid up to $20.00 for an hour and fifteen minutes to play hockey. Did it ever occur to them that some skaters may get a chance to play once a month and my month is burned watching you stick handling? I don’t want to see you skate up the ice for 90 minutes with a three on one and shoot every single time? Why don’t we just exit the ice surface and you can play by yourself, I THINK NOT!
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  • Peoria - AZ March 21,2017 After more than 20 plus years of participating in Open Hockey, Shinny, Stick Time whatever you chose to call it I am still amazed by some of the behavior by young and older participants.Over the years I have done a tremendous amount of travel for work and over the years when it works out I bring my gear with me and participate in open hockey after work. It seems like no matter the city, state locale basic open hockey rules or etiquette is not observed.At most ice facilities goalies, can participate for free, there is a reason for this that some participants don’t understand or care to realize. I am here to say that they are already hard enough to get to come for a free skate. Why do some guys insist on dangling practice at warm up? Do they hope to split the goalies groin before a single shot is taken during the skate? Why do we take slap shots from the dot at warm up? Is the plan to force the goalie to leave? Or better yet never come back again? Let’s try and stick to simple shots to get the goalie warmed up prior to the skate, let’s try not to hurt him/her and make them of the mind of coming back next time.Can we take a few minutes to examine the skater who stays on the ice for extended lengths of time with a total disregard for any of the other participants? I never understood, this one – why deliberately go out of your way to make everybody angry with you? This one I never could understand, despite the stink eye’s the yelling GET OFF THE ICE from the bench, you ignore all this and insist on having no consideration or respect for anybody else on the ice. This is a classic I have been witness to many times. The new skater shows up, doesn’t know anyone and ends up getting in a fight? It’s likely the skater he has chosen to go to blows with is a regular who has been at the facility for years and likely knows everybody at the skate. Good luck new skater campaigning for sympathy and a chair at the bar after the skate.Finally, is the puck hog, the mindset is the following. I am going to practice my stick handing while everybody watches, even though they may have paid up to $20.00 for an hour and fifteen minutes to play hockey. Did it ever occur to them that some skaters may get a chance to play once a month and my month is burned watching you stick handling? I don’t want to see you skate up the ice for 90 minutes with a three on one and shoot every single time? Why don’t we just exit the ice surface and you can play by yourself, I THINK NOT!
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