This weekend I took a flight down to Atlanta to play with some buddies in the ECHO pro tournament, which was a great time Jason, very nice for your first one, of hopefully many!
So yesterday, which was Monday, myself, Gene Gsell, and Brett Leggat were watching a couple skills competitions, 14U, 12U and 10U I believe, as we waited for the Pro final to start.
The three of us sat there in shock as to what the kids were trying, and failing to do in the shootout portions of these skills competitions. The skill levels of the kids is not the issue as I think everyone should pick up a stick and play.
The issue at hand is that these kids skate down the rink, try to pick up the puck, throw the puck etc. and they end up just getting the whistle blown because they lose it or skate past it. I saw a kid in a game this weekend try to put his stick between his legs for a shot, he then stepped on the stick and broke it!
At what point does a coach or role model need to step in and say hey, enough is enough? I know trying any of that growing up I would have been benched in ice and roller.
Are the "dangles" getting out of hand? The three of us sat there in disbelief as to some of the stuff that was going on. Guys like Itan who make these flashy moves and videos are also extremely fundamentally sound. 99% of itans goals in the pro division are a hard wrist shot or snap shot and hes incredibly fast and smart with the puck. every now and then yeah he makes a great move and scores. That's one of the best in the game doing that. Shouldn't the players growing up learn the fundamentals first before even considering the flashy stuff?