“The Paris Way”
Hockey – regular season once again, the youth movement showing dividends, injuries putting some star players on the sidelines, analysts back to work, fans excited and more!
When we listen to some analysts making their commentaries toward different subjects, most evolving around player participation, their value to different teams. One area, we should possibly draw a line, remain ice time. High end players receive more ice time than others, the number one goaltender will [play more games than his substitute back-up). The problem some analysts have, they seem to forget team concept, during games when star players are often involved. A star player will play maybe between 22/26 minutes in general, with one or two exceptions higher, all according to situations, varying from time of season, injuries, team positioning for a play-off spot & play-offs! They will often attribute a win or a loss to one individual, often overlooking there remain usually around 35 minutes, where the star player is not on the ice surface. However, they will talk about one player either positively or with a negative of his game performance. This at times, may somehow provide a questionable safety valve for the others.
Fans or those listening to the eternal post game shows, hear often the following, this or another team are not spectacular, not fast or lacking size & character, does not score enough, not prepared to play and more. One group mentioned, Montreal Canadians were not as spectacular, “after Two games only played”, the response, one player was not there anymore, they were now playing a North, South game, while avoiding the turn backs etc. One former NHL player listening via internet, smiled, turned and asked? What are the other 17 players (excluding goalies& player) doing when they are on the ice, during the 35 minutes or so when he is not out there? Who controls their destiny when it is their turn? Does every player play the same way? Can influence be so great to adult professional athletes, where their personal comprehension or thought process toward following team system of play, execution, accountability, responsibility, all performance factors which can be excused by overlooking who is truly accountable for their personal intent? We should give more respect to players than that, they are professionals.
It is early but Marchand and MacDavid will continue to roll on, Marner is simply an outstanding talent, intelligent, Matthews is well worth the ticket of entry, there will be others who will provide ohhhs… and ahhhs.. The NHL is alive and well, even though Syd the Kid nor Carey Price or Jack Eichel, were not in their team line ups due to injuries or illness!
Special shout out to one of my all time, favorites for his best Leaf player nomination, David Keon, well deserved!
Interesting and pleasant to see Ron McLean back on the saddle, he, now will have a much better grasp of why many remain active & apply, ” the right is never wrong theory “, when things are not quite going the way they would aspire, he continued to grow, result, eventually received his seat back! Bravo!
Every time we hear, Wayne Simmonds or Joel Ward (examples) as simply hockey players, just makes my day, read my blog on this issue.
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“The Paris Way”