Torts was wrong: Twice!

Most recent: He scratched Dustin Byfuglien versus team Europe, who in the opinion of most hockey people remain open to why? If you take a moment to look at the alignment, this makes the healthy scratch even more questionable. Most certainly this was a hockey decision although a poor one, nothing else, so please avoid the drama of searching for more! His hockey decision of preference – (R)Erik Johnson, (R)Matt Niskanen or (L) Jack Johnson, we will know after the tournament, especially if they do not come out a winner!

Previous: John Tortorella was incorrect with his manner of handling or sending a message to Max Pacioretty, concerning his implication or lack of, during preparative games for the World Hockey Tournament. Most certainly upon a personal basis, Pacioretty was frustrated with his performance as any star player would be, when the puck is not finding the back of the net. However, to his discharge, Pacioretty is not a checker, not a fourth liner but first and foremost a goal scorer of high quality. The problem many have with Tortorella’s intent, his lack of fair play explanation toward the why? What are exhibition games for? Yup, he called his player out, unless his wording is the result of another dictionary, which has not been discovered as of yet! Did he call out any other player? No! Did he mention that Max P. is known for the quality of his skating, shot & release, can play specialty teams (penalty kill and/or power play), in short Pacioretty is not a grinder, he simply requires having support both on and off the ice surface to be able to accomplish what he does best, this also, remain within the job description tasks of coaching staff with some input from the Gm. Explain it better next time coach!

The USA team selected its players according to a set mindset which included toughness, grit, combined with talent & skill, top notch goal tending, all with a mindset of defeating Canada. This is why you had the over confidence attitude, sprinkled with arrogance toward the team they should have been preparing to compete against, (team Europe) during first game of tournament, which resulted in a devastating loss. They can rebound, however, the route is just more complicated and depended upon possibilities of hoping another team helps them out! Will this push them to needed high performance? probably, but will it be enough? Only if team Canada refuses to play up to their potential. Get out your popcorn, chips, reserve your sofa or favorite chair in the living room and enjoy!

Constitutional rights exist, update yourself Coach Tortorella

“If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game”

Players are first and foremost citizens, just because their choice of employment remain entertainment, this does not provide them with a pass, especially when it comes to social issues, including, a lack of common sense! The USA National Anthem song requires change, not complicated, just make appropriate changes, where is the problem? Maybe bigotry for some? Maybe a lack of attention to wording? What do you know about whom wrote it? Whatever the reason, right is never wrong!
John Tortorella seems to have overlooked something!
“Fundamental rights” are a generally regarded set of legal protections in the context of a legal system, where such system is itself based upon this same set of basic, fundamental, or inalienable rights. Such rights thus belong without presumption or cost of privilege to all human beings under such jurisdiction.

Hum.. coach, just stick to getting your best players at the appropriate moment to fulfill a role, while changing your personal threat toward social conscious issue to”agreeing to disagree”. Why would Tortorella say something as ridiculously arrogant, insulting to not only to an entire ethnic group but educated individuals? Could this be motivated, because the coach’s awareness of, outside of Dustin Byfuglien, who is African American, there are no real issues of possible social awareness stance by the Caucasian majority line-up? He is not a racist, must admit, although not too smart on this one. Could it be just Tortorella putting his foot into his mouth again? Careful Torts, you will be in a pickle if one of your players suddenly decides to put your theory to the test! You have no authority in this regard.
” Denis Duchenes ” where are you? Unknown to most, yet in 1963, Junior hockey, Montreal Canadians farm team Maissoneuve Braves had a solid D man, he refused to stand for the National Anthem, he was never shown any lack of respect, why? Those around him understood his rights, he never tried to bring anyone else on board, his social conscious was in tune with Quebec Separation theme, the coach never benched him, never admonished him. Why?
One- He understood his role was not to discriminate.
Two – He also knew this young player who was a University student, was punctual, studious, not problematic but a plus in the room and/or upon the ice surface.
Three – Coach knew, if he had benched him, majority of teammates would have stood up for the player and the same thing would happen if Tortorella did this to any of the USA performers, these are a strong group of academically educated athletes, upon this 2016 USA hockey team.


Hope Solo:
Life suspension, wow, were her words and attitude wrong? Yes. Somehow clarity to understanding the crime/s and application of punishment remain, way beyond the pale! A convicted felon will more often than not get out of prison, a child molester returns to the streets to strike again. A sports athlete, ho! Hum! Not important, only a female we must show no mercy, she has to go. Onward flows the opposition toward the female gender, easy targets, acceptable within far too many of our society, even after centuries of abuse. Yes, this is abuse of a woman via overkill punishment. This is the devised solution to Hope Solo, not the result of performance career collapse due to physical & skill execution demise, where fans, media and management will show no pity when an athlete loses their podium of dominance and are hanging on, while thinking, maybe they have one more great season, competition or other left in the tank. Solo seemingly, is receiving a past due bill accompanied with interest and her latest action seems to have provided some kind of freedom, regarding accountability for those who applied to suspend, ban or whatever Hope Solo. Questionable, yes questionable intent to bury her as deeply as possible!

“Sitting down”

You cannot hide because you wear a sports uniform nor should you!

Shame on those who try to justify ignorance toward passive demonstration of social activism!

Yes! sports have a responsibility toward society and those performing within are first and foremost individuals issued out of a society!

Strange how sports at times, may become the catalyst for both entertainment or social issues, even more interesting are the reactions. What some may perceive as ridiculous or insulting, according to their train of thought process, often, simply provides negative provocation instead of, “maybe there is some truth to this”, maybe we do need to adjust, soften our view points while applying comprehension via research, listening with an open mind instead of immediate consternation or anger, thus, “could they be right”, if so? How can it be better addressed by society?

The Colin Kaepernick “sit down” during USA national anthem presentation, before the start of a NFL football game, remain simply another protestation toward what may be considered a lack of equality for certain individuals, ethnic cultures or gender. Kaepernick is simply taking a stance which has been often viewed as controversial at its origins, when accomplished by others, taking a stance brings consequences, awareness and sadly, tied to the time era, where mostly the fruits of the desired intent are mainly recognized by future generations. With time and more knowledge acquired we obtain compensation, for some it takes too long, while others understand everything you do or try to accomplish will be relative to the era, to the education & evolution of the society you live within!

From Jack Johnson, Robinson (Jackie), Ali, John Carlos & Tommie Smith, to name a few, all athletes, all outlandishly insulted by many for their stances, “At the beginning”, not so later! Look back upon the different enactments where violence was not amongst the midst within the protest, yet the backlash of hatred, misunderstanding and more, usually motivated by a false sense of entitlement ownership remain the first obstacle put before anyone who stands up and will say, “I have had enough” and am going to make this known!

Roy & Avalanche Home Coming!

Surprise? Not Really.
Some situations are simply doomed to failure, not because of some wicked sorcerer or spell applied to another, in this instance a hockey coach, just a normal eventuality created by circumstances! Fans, media or other should not be surprised by the resignation (polite term to fired) of Patrick Roy, now former coach of NHL Colorado Avalanche hockey club. We may look at a few scenarios, the most important remain you have to win more games than you lose, otherwise, see ya…next in line. Patrick Roy also came in with a bang which often happens due to multiple reasons, sounds good, feels good but usually is the kiss of death, why? You have standards a bar that has to be met, Roy set his standards himself by an over performance of his team pushed by him while past heroics followed him, yes, the golden boy player who became a coach returning to sacred land where success always had his name involved for years, including Stanley cups. A recipe for failure or rupture. Coaches have to be people with strong character including personality depth, this often usually sooner than later will bring conflict, thought process infection will be the disease of cause to break-up, love affair roller coaster came to a high & conclusion, the curb indirectly becomes Roy’s office. For now!
Maybe the exploration of possible scenarios may provide other answers, has the coach another agenda where his resignation provides him with a window of opportunity to a destination somehow finding its way to his person? Interesting!
How about – go back to the remark about (polite term to fired), within the employment everyday world, when not satisfied with a staff employee results or actions, many corporations will indicate “time to go” by not providing a raise, all others will receive one but not this or that one, writing on the wall! Read on;
In the sports world it will start with contestation of methods, desired intent, overlooked situations where the coach will become a third party, where the outside invitations to join will change, he will be left out of some meetings between management individuals, his actions will be under scrutiny with a difference, negativity instead of previous positive effect/affect. Player inter-action especially with potential or star ability will become more difficult as the player more so than the coach will have someone’s ear upstairs. Remember the statement made by Montreal ownership, David Molson, where he openly mentioned he would speak with players, was aware of the dressing room and more, only difference this time it was a player, not a coach or maybe both, however, one gone in a trade which is part of the hockey world or a coach remaining in place for another undetermined length of time which only provides him with a paycheck warranty for the duration of his contract, not a position behind the bench, again a part of the hockey world!
In short whatever motivated the departure, it all started with wins then moved on to losses, personality or other remain back seat news until then.
Time will tell the tale.

Head Coaches – Completing Their Staff.

Management has a responsibility when it comes to hiring.
The vast majority of our NHL head coaches are quality individuals, highly competent combined with a solid supporting cast, having mentioned this, it is important to note concern of a few exceptions where those hired as assistants are in place because of the wrong reasons/s, competency accompanied with respect should prime, especially when it comes to choices, friendship somehow swim amongst the mix, however, it should not be the first criteria, familiarity for some may cloud having a more insightful thought process.
The majority of those in charge,head coach including the Gm’s, understand the assistant choice should remain somewhat an extension of themselves. Their hockey knowledge should not be the only pre requisite within hiring process, how about social skills, with a not for sale moral intent, where the comprehension of having a stance of right is never wrong must be within the forefront at all times.

Many often wonder why would they fire this head coach or that one? It is not always evident. Often the assistant or plural was within the mix by indirect or direct influence, if the staff does not have a positive grounded approach, if they have another agenda, if they use ploys of repetition noise to benefit their personal psychological traits, ranging from misconception or a could care less attitude, masked by outward extension of being on board ego happiness. Where the assistant upon occasion wanted the position for the wrong reason.

The competition within the pro world remain ferocious, the travel, number of matches, preparation, always having a constant intent toward winning and winning again over an extended period of time, not overlooking media combined with fan pressure never lets up.
One of the worst enemies of the head coach remain, not obtaining ample rest, a poorly rested coach is due to suffer, his assistant can provide a helpful hand by noticing the mental lapses which will occur, thus bring it immediately to his attention, by intervening with a thoughtful intent when a situation may be getting out of hand. The assistant has to enjoy the extension role, understand while executing within.

One of the areas addressed before hiring should contain a few examples of perception outside of hockey ice surface or dressing room. What are his/her thoughts upon human inter action, ask them about their views upon other coaches, situations, players, diversity, gender, their thoughts of interpersonal skill necessities as they will have to decipher different mentalities, mood swings, how to allow an opinion which may differ from their own to be viewed as simply that, an opinion, a right and not always a threat.
Move on and come back to the same intent from another direction a little later to avoid the, “Person of interest saying what they may think you desire to hear”! At least make them have to use some brain cells. Rare do people forget truthfulness, false intent can lead to a fumble caused by confusion combined with hesitation.

One head coach mentioned he refused to hire an assistant coach after he made a questionable remark, this gentleman was one of his close acquaintances and he had worked with him before, the story he told was maybe worth repeating. Ever hear the mention of how some sports people form an opinion of another, according to events,there were two youth coaches involved, one coach was a disciplined individual who took his role seriously including the preparation of his youths to proper character life skills while helping them with their hockey progression on ice areas, he somehow received a negative! The other youth coach who happened to be insecure, an alcoholic, while his youths were supposed to be under watch, he would be under the influence, stumbling around, incoherent and more, his players would joke about “just coach drunk again” nothing new there & they would be out and about after hours! The aspiring assistant coach became an acquaintance of a now NHL coach, during a conversation with another it was brought to the attention, how, he openly made a statement claiming the alcoholic coach was a great person, positive role model for youths! When the interviewing coach casually during conversation, mentioned in a “ho hum manner” about this youth team, the aspiring assistant repeated the same refrain, result, he did not obtain the position, his mistake of role model, etc. ended that. When asked why in the past he had left a college team? The response was, he was not given enough responsibility by the head coach and more, instead of simply stating, maybe it was time to explore other avenues under another approach, to continue to progress within the role. His lack of comprehension left him out in the cold, yet he is now with another team alongside another acquaintance head coach, whom he previously had worked with, did he learn or was he never asked a question similar? Will he be a plus or a minus for the man who provides him his trust? The high note remain, the head coach is a person of quality and highly competent, except maybe in his choices of his entourage! Time including results will tell the tale! If fired again will his due diligence include evaluation of his entourage staffing?


Here we go again, this is simply beyond common sense, society has to address this much better while holding truly accountable those who use disgraceful excuses, trying to justify their lack of proper protection to youths in sports. Law enforcement has to be much more severe while those in charge of hiring within the sports world must use more appropriate action than words & stop the disgusting application to protection of the wrong individuals, hence bypassing provision of ample support to those standing up for the right reason/s.
This time it is USA Gymnastics, should we be surprised of comments trying to cover their tracks with a complete lack of truthful sensitivity or responsibility toward the athletes? No, because society time after time,read or hear the same statements, which by now should create revulsion! Same ole, same ole, starting with the mainstay, “they did little to investigate” when the situation possibility would be brought to their attention, they protected the coaches, which should also read protecting themselves, the academic multiple institutions, organizations, associations, all except the athlete,completed with a disrespect toward parents who entrust them with their child. This is criminal activity, with a need to be viewed once and for all as such by everyone, “regardless of circumstances”. We are well aware of the following regarding all states, provinces in both countries (Canada/USA) having laws which demand – any “suspicion of sexual abuse to minors be reported” to proper authorities, this starts with law enforcement agencies. How many times do we have to experience the moral including legal abuses of different associations who for different reasons put aside the allegations or go into damage control by diversion, usually those who denounce will suffer various attempts to discredit via hateful, dishonest payback ignorance! The most important individuals within any society remain children, we have not only the moral but legal responsibility to providing them protection combined with our love.
This is not an occasional mishap event happening, only USA gymnastics caught in the scandal this time, how many repetitions do we have to experience before understanding “we have a major problem” and its lifeline due to allowance of “more than a few” administrators, directors to not accomplishing their jobs thoroughly, why? This should be a question all should demand.
We hear, read or see the eternal words of – we take sexual exploitation seriously including how their organization is committed to providing a safe environment for their participating athletes, how they are serious with their involvement of education, how they comprehend the impact this may have, how they co-operate with law enforcement and on goes the phrases, yes, whenever they are caught outright in not enforcing their words, always the same outgoing intent! Finding this outrageous is not enough, accountability has to become the main focus, if we eliminate only the predator while allowing those who indirectly, regardless, of the reason had some fault in allowance of the abuse to continue to walk around freely, without consequences, nothing will change and we will continue to hear about numerous youths being sexually abused within the sports or academic world due to questionable thought process.

21st Century Thought Process – Hockey

Sometimes when we reflect, if our mind is open, we learn new concepts,physical mechanics are much easier to assimilate & direct, contrary to mental assimilation where upon occasion the allowance of personal guide solutions, often elimination remain simply a moment in time which provide an opportunity to temporarily slowing down the clock, not eventuality of future where only positive results prime over an extended period or in this instance plural seasons, why? It is still ticking.

According to The Tennessean’s Adam Vingan, Poile considers Subban the biggest personality in Nashville Predators history.

“I traded for P.K. Subban, the player and the person,” said Poile in the piece by Vingan. “I could say there’s going to be things that we’re going to find out about him as a player that he can do or can’t do or other things that will come up over time, but I don’t want him to change. We want different players.”

The Ottawa = Rangers trade addressed an area for both, Rangers gained youth & speed while Ottawa has a player known to the coach and established somewhat within the league.

Boston still has Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and the addition of David Backus will help, their depth is not where it should be, will the excellent Claude Julien survive the down period which all teams experience over a season?

Winnipeg has to move forward in the standings, their second round pick has created some excitement, their back end decisions have to become quicker in puck areas!

Vancouver – reconstruction.

Minnesota closer, can they get more out of their wingers? Maybe just maybe we need to question their will to win when extra effort is within the mix. Bruce Boudreau will bring a new voice, freedom in certain areas but will it be enough?

what do you think about changes made by Rogers sports network? Viewers had a problem with a not known personage in the anchor man role, mistake admitted is note worthy, now back to hockey as most know it on the air.

Will RDS (French Cable Television) provide some room to breathe to Shea Weber? Maybe we should ask, how long will the positive reign? Last year after a exceptional start the Canadians were the best thing since apple pie and ice cream, it went wide as often early season starts do, ouff.. instead of measuring comments the glee was evident, suddenly when it turned sour, the notion of how dare they do this took over, make some of us look bad with our early excitement & comments! The panels made up of former hockey personalities either coaches, players or broadcasters often overlooked to measure their comments, the role of an analyst remain to inform without adding too much of a personal viewpoint, explain the game areas, suggest and avoid “The “I” would do this, anchors need to maintain their role of projection control.

2016-17 comments

2016/17 Season Tidd Bits
One area we assimilate as we grow, allowance to super star players, the system is their performance. Super star athletes are those who maintain the cadence, they will continue to perform with dexterity when the opposition has been elevated to another level of resistance, they simply have the ability both physically & mentally to adjust while having an enormous pleasure in this type of confrontation.
Look at play-off players, some disappear or receive a note of “C” due to their inability to adjust or elevate their game intent. Others seem to relish this time of the season & shine. If you do not have these individuals on your team, you will not win the big one during a hard fought series. Some elite players are on teams where the depth chart is lacking, making it easier for opposition to single them out and isolate.
Coaches have to identify areas, adjust minutes accordingly while forging a bench management to the actuality.
Aspiring coaches, take some time to verify winning cup teams, pay attention to line changes, player substitution, (healthy scratches) & results, which side are the players attacking, what are the adjustments according to the score and time on clock. Who excels east/west in defensive zone, who is willing to battle longer on the wall or corners, who communicates with ease, not simply making noise. Neutral zone or defensive zone quick transition including importance of lecture & action to positional adjustments (responsibilities). Which players away from the puck can find or create time and space for continued possession possibility. These are just a few of the avenues of detail effect/affect, it takes more than a visual analysis between games, it has to transfer to “game in time actuality “, A coach’s evaluation remain as per a super star player, his/her ability to adjust quickly with a positive intent remain the difference between a good or average coach,at times an end result of making play-offs to cup winner or loser.
Congrats to Pittsburgh Penguins for their Stanley cup win, speed and more speed, Syd the Kid doing his thing and team inspired coaching performance.
Notice in season how Syd the Kid took off once he was able to be Syd the Kid again. You try to guide your stars quietly but you do not try to show them how to play, Super star athletes have a level of performance which often only they can dance with, however, their teammates and staff all benefit, as long as they maintain their cadence or are in their prime, you sit back and admire, overlook mishaps and even hold your breath at times, you cannot teach them the game nor systems, you may help them better prepare, while hoping they are at their best more often than the contrary, you may upon occasion manage their minutes or apply to putting them in situations to be more successful. Imagine Boston coaches back in the day taking away improvisation from Bobby Orr, Ask Don “Grapes” Cherry and he will be the first to tell you, how about Super Mario Lemieux, Guy Lafleur, Rocket Richard, Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky, Connor McDavid, Michael Bossy, Doug Harvey, Eric Karlsson, Raymond Bourque, Paul Coffey and company? They will decide when, how, why, where & who, this will never change, they are intelligent athletes and will eventually adjust.

A positive head up to George McPhee a solid hockey identity, for his nomination as Gm of the new Vegas team.

Someone needs to wake up one morning and hire Craig Button as their Hockey President similar to John Davidson’s team job description or as Gm, he is now well prepared.

Do not overlook Julien Brisebois, he is in a no outlet mode in Tampa career wise, Stevie Y. is in his prime, of course a Stanley cup would elevate possibilities for Brisebois elsewhere. French Canadian Gm’s are rare in NHL due to circumstances more than discrimination.
Quebec City would benefit from hiring Brisebois when they receive their team, notice the when, yes they will eventually have it, this is just a patience avenue! NHL is a business, the building was not built for Junior hockey, Bettman and company have a plan, just a question of timing & common sense.

Dave Tippet with his young gun movement has merit in Arizona and received the proper compensation role wise.

Ken Hitchcock suffered “again” from a lack of team speed during the past play-offs, this may be a difficult upcoming year for Hitch due to depth chart. Your thought process should in no way believe Hitch is going to retire after this season, he will just move on from St. Louis, however, he may just end up in Las Vegas, Los Angeles or elsewhere unless he is tired of the travel.

Buffalo are an improved hockey team, while Evander Kane will have to shape up and have a banner season both on and off the ice surface, will he last in Buffalo remain the $64,000.00 question? He needs some down time to listen & hear or hear & listen, he is not at all a lost cause.

Early hockey involvement teams are not accomplishing their role of development adequately at the minor elite hockey level, more emphasis required upon people skills & inter action remain a must.

Toronto will be knocking on the door, Babcock has a year under his belt and his players will continue to improve, are they play-off bound? Probably not but they will not be a push over, if they can hang around until February, someone is going to feel them pushing. The team identify is moving forward and players are buying in.

Tampa Bay with a healthy roster will be difficult to play against, they are deep up front and in nets, maybe another solid D man would be welcome to support Victor Hedman who plays his minutes well including at a star status. They are now experienced and know how to lose, watch out for the hunger and adjustments, my speculations remain Stevie Y. will not hesitate to pull the trigger if they under achieve, I have confidence in Cooper, the excellent communicator, the hic, he will have to improve his bench tactical/strategic management. He has to live up to his reputation as a winner, this is not only ego but his job description. Win now!

Washington Capitals lack some speed on wing however if they address this issue they will remain a formidable foe come play-offs. They have a few high end players who need and can elevate their game more than this past play-off season. They also could use another quality D man, however this is like water in the desert and those who have them, keep them. You have to develop within.

Montreal Canadians future season turns around Carey Price, Alex Galchenyuk, Max Pacioretty and “if “Alexander Radulov plays to his full potential?
Price has to remain healthy, Galchenyuk is the key if allowed to play in confidence.
Pacioretty is a goal scorer a shooter, not a checker and if he is allowed more freedom offensively, what we call legal cheating, he could hit 50/55 goals. Get him the puck & let him play. He has a good defensive mind when he decides to push it, keep him out of the corners as much as possible, again he is not a role player nor does he relish the relentless board work.
On Defense Nathan Beaulieu should be ready to step into a real top 3 role, he is an offensive D man who does not have the numbers. Give him the green light, if he fails to progress, the answer is in the pudding. His game is not going to be effective with a harness around him. It is all about confidence. Put the ball in his hands, let him be successful or a failure.
Andrew Shaw is a grinding pest, however he remains an average player, Montreal has Gallagher who is better, Shaw will not hurt but will not be the player he was in Chicago, he will receive some heat from opposition and will have to avoid taking himself out of the play otherwise Coach Therrien will be waiting.

Shea Weber sent a message, this will be interesting, all will be fine unless they try to teach or change, sparks will fly if they try that, Coach had best walk softly around him, he is not complicated, however, it would be “best to make suggestions” and nothing else in his regard.

Expect the Canadians to start the season strong, they have no choice, otherwise, there will be no grace period for coaching staff and consternation in the stands, on the streets within every discussion, Molson will not be able to halt the flow. Let us all hope it does not come to this, problem remain many are not certain concerning the integrity of the dressing room, there is always a question mark when players allow personal to over-ride common sense, regardless of situation. Winning not only heals but it hides often problem areas, “better win guys”. They will have adrenalin on their side and of course superstar Carey Price back on the ice surface. Weber will find it much more complicated in Montreal where he will find the majority of media will be flexing their vocals or fingers, he has only one privilege but he does not speak French nor is he part of the community, yet! We will see how he holds up come crunch time. They have to not only make play-offs but make a statement while there, an early exit will be a disaster!
One point of note; Montreal always had one system back in the day, “get it out of our zone as quickly as possible” and be prepared on the bench.

Playing golf $ etiquette

Many years ago a group of us received a mention of advice concerning people inter-action, especially in regard to respect of valet service, male or female restaurant employees, in short, any person where special treatment remain in the mix! A scout from PEI, (Prince Edward Island) was escorting us to Montreal Junior Canadian training camp and he sat down beside us on a train (Ocean Limited) Halifax to Montreal ordering dinner in 1962, imagine that, he started with, gentlemen, there exists what we call sports etiquette, you are aspiring hockey players all highly rated on the ice, representing your sport, a team identity as well as yourself & your family. It is important you learn how to handle anyone who has to make a living where tips have an importance. If you desire to have good service, show respect and open up your small wallets, and he laughed, you will be surprised, how, not only will you receive top notch attention including remember you when you come around again. I never forgot this and one day in Montreal years later having to follow a conference held at a prominent hotel, I could not find an available parking space, I approached a valet who said, it is going to be difficult to get you a spot, we are fairly full, I smiled and replied, remembering what I had been told many years previously, I opened my wallet and tendered toward him a few dollars, he smiled and said, let me see what I can do sir, he came back and said, “ all good, found a spot”, then he looked at me saying, you know how to respect us, where did you learn this, I replied, from an intelligent man on a train over a decade ago. He told us, if we take care of service, they will take care of you! He smiled and said “un homme intelligent” (intelligent man).

One of the players with me was perplexed as he arrived vexed, no parking available, where are you parked? Valet service found me a spot, what, he said, when I asked him about any free spots left he said no. I asked when was that?
He told me how he had circled the area 5/6 times.
You never stopped to ask valet?
NO, you have to pay for valet parking if they have any spots.
This is usually how it works, you are unaware of this or simply trying to save some $? My arrival was only a couple of minutes before you, my first action was to engage in conversation with the valet, simply tipped him, he was able to make room by making some auto adjustments.
Immediately the player went over to ask “again” while offering some cash but it was too late, all full. He found eventually a private parking lot a few blocks away, still had to pay also walk. Lesson learned he said, next time my wallet will be open, I smiled saying, hum… when it seems full, you may have a positive result, “if”, they have a spot left. We laughed and walked to door.
Golf and athletes:
The subject of who tips at golf courses has been a continual conversation amongst employees, what started all of this happened to be a youth who told me he was unable to afford to play hockey because he lived with his Grandparents and his Grandfather who worked at a golf course, driving a cart, picking up golfers, preparing balls at the range, supply water, etc. The youth stated, Coach he receives not a big salary and very little tips, this I found interesting, especially “he receives very little tips”. After speaking with some of the people in charge at different locations, they all mentioned their valets received tips to round out their salary, in short a good valet makes good tips, seems easy, something still was bothering my thought process, just seemed to not make sense the responses, if you read on it is not quite that way, for many of the so called good ones or other. Rare will you find a valet who lacks respect or is not solid within their intent!
Over past couple of years, point was made to question the valets and to my surprise the majority were all on the same page, point of note, you will find no names of the courses nor resorts, why? The objective is to bring attention only, not create a problem for employees.
Some may ask, how many have you spoken with over a period of time? Will 30 different courses combined with 116 people suffice? Here are the results, not my words but theirs!
Majority of Baseball players are known to have a grasp of handling this correctly, they receive a pass!
Football guys are questionable to opening of the wallet while not as numerous to play the sport when out an about, this may explain somewhat the negative.
Basketball players often play the copycat syndrome, if their fellow golf partner tip, they will follow suit.
Professional golf players are notorious for lacking etiquette in tipping the valet service at the course, imagine, they receive free golf and often star attention but overlook the valet. Entitlement or simply a misunderstanding of the situation? Come on guys get your act together!
You have many people who frequent resorts for whatever the reason or simply go to a regular private golf course, somehow, many overlook the golf valet, he picks you up, places your bag, drops you off, makes certain your whims are attended to, usually jovial. The worst offenders remain those who have freebies or coupons.

Hockey players are known to be active within the sport of golf, have a high standing of being more than adequate in tipping, it is understood the lower level players do not make much as a salary, therefore, many valets give them the benefit of doubt. By stating they often give them a dollar or two accompanied with a remark of honesty, humility! “This is all I have or can afford” as I am playing at the lower levels, they understood how respect and truthfulness goes a long way when it comes to service.

Results – Many athletes are unaware of the importance how making ends meet by employees who depend upon gratuity to improve their capability to what many of us take for granted. This should be re-enforced as a part of the welcoming package to them as soon as they arrive at an elite level including at a very young age.