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?

Another/Encore

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.

Someone deserves an apology

Does this happen in hockey? Ask the Media concerning a recent Hall of Fame player as well as many others.
The darker side of those swimming as per sharks amongst the various sports has still remained somewhat of a taboo subject, race remains a walk softly agenda, sexual misconduct has yet to be properly addressed & power has still a long arm similar to a missile shield surrounding it.
Far too many individuals have been subject to sexual abuse, ranging from verbal, visual, physical or employment refusal, including positions or possibilities. The rumor mill can be a dangerous roadway when it leaves a negative trail which often may have no foundation of truth what so ever, however, many will jump upon this bandwagon with a ferocious appetite of continuation! What leaves many confused remain the subject of the rumor, if it is substance abuse, personality, family life, dressing room gossip, all is fair game for some ill intended individual to start a trail which has no end regardless of the proof of otherwise or not. The major exception has a name, sexual abuse, (we remain outraged by pedophiles yet rarely will the same outrage arrive for female everyday abuse situations as if there is some form of code to evaluate aggression according to gender) – many have knowledge of allegations or received the intimate information concerning this situation from players, sisters, mothers upon occasion fathers, the words are usually for a female – he touched me inappropriately, made lewd suggestions, always making comments upon dress code or physical attributes, offered some form of gratuity ranging from being hired, a monetary raise, promotion, keeping a position for as long as they are in place and more.
The secretary or administrative assistant who has to endure the above not only from within but from visitors to the office. If they complain or refuse the advances, it is usually swept aside or turned against the plaintiff. How often have we heard remarks which were displaced and most around found it funny or those who did not, still smiled or other, however, out of peer pressure refused to say uh, uh stop, not right?
This still happens, why? Upon occasion a small group of females relish this type of interest for different reason/s, thus creating an environment of complaisance, fortunately we find the vast majority find the actions disgusting but often feel helpless as they may be financially soft due to normal everyday efforts to make ends meet. Some also lack the fortitude of standing up and stating enough is enough and more. This is gradually changing toward a more valid support system for those subject to this type of ignorance.

Having a distinct memory of how some stand up individuals receiving a harsh look, even later to no job offers or refusal simply because they noticed the pressuring of a female in a tight area receiving undesired closeness from an employee or boss, when called into the office or invited out to lunch the word often would be, ohhh… you know I was simply playing with her, no problem, if you said no, you were not really playing and it is wrong, you would be in the unemployment line awaiting another job opening, no one ever questioning true reason of how come, but the “he or she must have done something wrong or hear the eternal “ what did they do to not make it”, to obtain this or that position?” Rarely do we hear, umm… maybe they have been pushed out due to refusal of having their morals for sale or similar, knowing too much and refusal of accepting wrong can be a deadly venom in some sports world circles, including hockey.
On the brighter side we all are aware of some notable sports management individuals who have been forced to step aside or social media has created scandal, the hockey world is not exempt from this virus, for decades if we mentioned, well I am not in agreement with the manner he functions around the females and the excuses of simply a touch person who adores complimenting or meaning no sexual negative intent, yet when around his posse or those they feel in confidence will make a sexist statement which lacks respect, holding back no restraint what so ever. When we bring this this the attention of many of those in power positions, they often would threaten the messenger or just plainly protect the culprit, how? By refusing to intervene via some personal agenda which ranges from ego to positional gain. No one should be exempt from losing their position or credibility if they transgress areas where the environment is not productive to safety & respect!
Office workers, arena staffs, coaches, Gm’s, players including their wives or mothers should all be protected without any neglect to detail from the positional power predators who are still out there in the sports world! This in no manner excuses the everyday employee or other, who upon a regular basis maintain this illness of harassing their female co – workers, the time has arrived for anyone who may bear witness to this type of action immediately say stop, no more or you will denounce it, thus providing support to the female, otherwise you are no better than the predator. Right is never wrong.

Hockey Camps – Respect – Pecking Order

There are numerous hockey camps, clinics which exist throughout USA & Canada, long gone are the summers where you had only a few hockey camp choices of one or two week, occasion to inter-act with others while spending the rest of the time enjoying another sport or activities. Like human discovery of fire, these camps suddenly found financial ease of gain, some are solid combined with truly the interest of the participant in the forefront, while far too many are just another scam factory adding to someone’s bank account. These investments are supposed to bring a better preparation or comprehension toward execution factors required to play the sport, anything less is not acceptable! Youths discuss, while actually rating or ranking this or that camp they had the opportunity of being a part of. A week ago in Colorado, University of Denver where the campus was hosting the USJDP camp, a few youths during dinner were exchanging their experiences, when suddenly one school back East came up and I was asked if I knew so and so, of course I did and they knew this, however, they were testing my response to the meat and potatoes of the intent, well… coach this week we are learning something new every-day from skills to technique and of course our favorite the game areas which you teach, I corrected this by saying, “I do not teach , my role is to help you be better prepared”, although we respect all, it has to be clear we are not all hockey school guys but many of us are hockey people (coaches) with extensive high level game depth experience within the areas of awareness, comprehension, preparation & execution, all concerning a three period detailed approach from dressing room to bench to ice. Their next comment became, we appreciate this coach, thank-you but, there is always a “but” so a couple continued onward stating they had attended a camp where the intent was not as here, my question became what do you mean by here? Reply – coach we touch different areas here, each instructor has a strength and stays within it, also, each coach uses patience and steps by not overloading us with multiples, according to the drill or the theme of the exercise, ah.. my response came, now I understand where you are going, yes many instructors will try to teach too much too quickly and overlook one step at a time, gentlemen we call this either a lack of experience which is acceptable or an oversized ego which is not acceptable, why? Any instructor trying to over teach to simply try to provide some form of false proof concerning their knowledge is a detriment to all participants, the instructor has put his personal ahead of yours. One youth suddenly loudly stated “I got it”, that’s it, this is exactly what some do. The players said thank-you and we moved on.
One other point remain humility, respect, I am one of the older participating coaches out there, my intent has always been to show respect to all and understand the importance of recognizing experience combined with accomplishments, my explication has one intent only, a Dave Tippet, Mike Babcock, Ken Hitchcock, Bruce Boudreau, D. Sutter, Dan Blysma, Alain Vigneault, Barry Trotz, Mike Sullivan, Lindy Ruff, Joel Quennville, Peter Laviolette, Bob Hartley, Torts, Gerard Gallant, and others all attained their stature via effort, long hours and preparation, winning and development was amongst the mix, all coaches or aspiring ones need to learn and comprehend the pecking order and adhere by it! BY showing respect you earn respect. Nothing worse than thinking you may be more intelligent than another unless you have a pertinent factual historical trail to back it up. The I can do better or am just as good group had best remember what was explained to me during a sports psychology class upon emotional activity many years ago, if you have this as your first mindset then you are already in troubled waters, your first thought process should be, how do I prepare to obtain what they accomplished or more? Have a great day of hockey.

Buffalo nightlife can be complicated as per anywhere!

Evander Kane in another problematic situation, awareness is a blessing, why? Depending upon circumstances often things will sneak up on you.

Aside from the speculation or the “I would do this crowd”, if they were the Buffalo hockey operations management or tossing Kane under the autobus without having the qualifications nor the inside of what actual transpires within the world of the rich and famous sports athletes, especially if many are quick to assume the worst if it is a Caucasian, imagine a Black star hockey player! The problem with Evander remain somehow, at times, overlooks his situation, this is nothing new for entertainment field. Circumstances often create confusion & possibility of trouble. Many of the young even older guns are into the nightlife, nothing wrong with that as long as the athlete has a full grasp of the dangers within the midst. Star players with lots of money, single and easy on the eyes for the ladies, whom for the most part have no ill intent other than a visit with a star athlete or simply having a trust factor that the athlete will be respectful, there is a but, yes, the small group of ladies who are on the hunt for possibilities, including targets for money & status is one of them!

Alcohol inability of saying no or limiting the numbers of intake is another.

The major problem we have within the hockey world evolves far too often around alcohol consumption, let me explain why/how. Most of the events encountered away from the ice, by players or coaches, usually are within that realm. They are not people who are any different from others, they come to work most of the time, are well intended, love their teammates, family members & have no true desire to create problems for anyone. We all hear the comment which is used in hockey circles, lets go out for a few pops, others will say want to stop for a beer which rarely remain with one, this does not mean they are drunk, however, some are so used to the substance many would never know the player had numerous arm lifting. How does this happen? In hockey as in life beer is used as a manner to social connection, players wanting to fit in and often peer pressure arriving where the newcomer may feel this is an only option to be one of the guys, the start can then become a frequent event, at home, on the road, after games, you catch the drift. Alcohol is too easily available to players at an early age while somehow having the benefit of having a no danger sign. The player goes out and he has a glass in his hand or is immediately having someone usually a fan sending him over a drink, possibly this is the start of a problematic evening ending. Common sense is thrown out the window, mental mistakes of decision become common place as you do not read the signs of danger, frequentation of the wrong places is an invitation to receiving not always sought after attention either via someone having a possible scam or the player not remaining within a respectful mode. I am not saying that Evander Kane was under the influence nor am I saying he was not, this is simply what goes on in hockey and we are often too complaisant even though we like t provide a look of the contrary, how? By rules & regulations while still supplying the substance of beer or condoning its use. Many player management meeting held outside the arena or upon occasion in the office, start with , want something to drink? What do you have? Is usually the response.

I could tell you easily proven factual events of how some so called development leagues view alcohol but that is for another day and another book.

Another mishap in Buffalo

Evander Kane in another problematic situation, awareness is a blessing, why? Depending upon circumstances often things will sneak up on you.

Aside from the speculation or the “I would do this crowd”, if they were the Buffalo hockey operations management or tossing Kane under the autobus without having the qualifications nor the inside of what actual transpires within the world of the rich and famous sports athletes, especially if many are quick to assume the worst if it is a Caucasian, imagine a Black star hockey player! The problem with Evander remain somehow, at times, overlooks his situation, this is nothing new for entertainment field. Circumstances often create confusion & possibility of trouble. Many of the young even older guns are into the nightlife, nothing wrong with that as long as the athlete has a full grasp of the dangers within the midst. Star players with lots of money, single and easy on the eyes for the ladies, whom for the most part have no ill intent other than a visit with a star athlete or simply having a trust factor that the athlete will be respectful, there is a but, yes, the small group of ladies who are on the hunt for possibilities, including targets for money & status is one of them!

Alcohol inability of saying no or limiting the numbers of intake is another.

The major problem we have within the hockey world evolves far too often around alcohol consumption, let me explain why/how. Most of the events encountered away from the ice, by players or coaches, usually are within that realm. They are not people who are any different from others, they come to work most of the time, are well intended, love their teammates, family members & have no true desire to create problems for anyone. We all hear the comment which is used in hockey circles, lets go out for a few pops, others will say want to stop for a beer which rarely remain with one, this does not mean they are drunk, however, some are so used to the substance many would never know the player had numerous arm lifting. How does this happen? In hockey as in life beer is used as a manner to social connection, players wanting to fit in and often peer pressure arriving where the newcomer may feel this is an only option to be one of the guys, the start can then become a frequent event, at home, on the road, after games, you catch the drift. Alcohol is too easily available to players at an early age while somehow having the benefit of having a no danger sign. The player goes out and he has a glass in his hand or is immediately having someone usually a fan sending him over a drink, possibly this is the start of a problematic evening ending. Common sense is thrown out the window, mental mistakes of decision become common place as you do not read the signs of danger, frequentation of the wrong places is an invitation to receiving not always sought after attention either via someone having a possible scam or the player not remaining within a respectful mode. I am not saying that Evander Kane was under the influence nor am I saying he was not, this is simply what goes on in hockey and we are often too complaisant even though we like t provide a look of the contrary, how? By rules & regulations while still supplying the substance of beer or condoning its use. Many player management meeting held outside the arena or upon occasion in the office, start with , want something to drink? What do you have? Is usually the response.

I could tell you easily proven factual events of how some so called development leagues view alcohol but that is for another day and another book.