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Friday, January 13, 2012

A few good reads this morning

Tanner Joseph, Riley Bouchard, Ryan Brown, Jackson Keane, Vince Loschiavo and William Koop (from left) are pumped about playing on All-Star Day.
Winnipeg Free Press Photo
Over 100 of the top AAA male hockey players in Winnipeg will take the ice at the MTS Iceplex on Saturday at Hockey Winnipeg's annual AAA All-Star day.
The day will include three games at the three age-group levels represented along with skills competitions. There were 38 players selected to compete in each of the three games.
The bantam II (age 13) game will start the day at 10 a.m. followed at 12:30 p.m. by the bantam I (age 14) game and the city midget game (ages 15 and 16) at 3 p.m.
For the rest of the article, you can read the rest here:

Photo - Rick Volman - Record Staff
It has been a tough year for Defenceman Aaron Kellogg and his Fort Saskatchewan Rangers Bantam AAA team thus far.  The Rangers have gone 2-18-2 and sit at the bottom of the AMBHL standings.  However, at the AMBHL All-Star game, Kellogg got a chance to play hero in his home town.  You can read the rest here:

Nick Kuhl of the Airdrie city View takes a look at the Xtreme and their hopes for success for the new year.  It has been a while since Airdrie has found themselves below .500 but hopes still remain high.  The article also talks about Troy Van Tetering and Tristan Thompson who were named to the AMBHL All-Star team.

The Estevan Bantam AA Bruins have also had a bit of a rough go this season going just 3-12-2 but found some success this past weekend.  Josh Lewis of the Estevan Mercury newspaper takes a look back at the weekend and what's ahead for the team here:

A very good read in the North Shore Outlook about a young minor hockey player named Eric Turcotte who is just the latest in what is becoming an epidemic in hockey - Concussions!  His mother was working the camera at her sons game when he went crashing in to the boards after a hit from behind.  Eric's father is an assistant coach with the North Vancouver Minor Hockey Bantam squad.  It is a very long read, but a good one here:


Anonymous said...

Does anybody q that article about the North Van player. The story is about a rep hockey player and then the(astute?) hockey presidents claim their solution is to banned hitting in House hockey. Does anyone else see a flawed logic? How would that have helped this Rep player? Isn't the first solution to go back to single birth year divisions to lessen the age/weight disparity?

Anonymous said...

maybe we should look at teaching our players to hit a a earlier age, take the face shields off the kids and teac them to keep there hands down and there sticks on the Ice, or maybe we should hold the parents accountable for the actions of there players, I pretty sure that no parent /coach/player/referee are happy when a player gets hurt, and if they are they should be banned for life, but really, have a serious look at the number of kids playing today and the number of incidents and compare to when we didn,t have mask and our players were taught how to give and take a hit, then start to work towards a solution, my bet is that there were less accidents 10 years ago than there are now, rules are great and should be followed, but common senses seems to really rule and my view is we have lost some of this

Anonymous said...

Here is an unpopular take on the concusion situation The fact is every time you put your son on the ice you risk him being injured weather it is a spinal cord injury or brain trama or as little as a broken bone there is a risk.Parents need to be aware of the risks and it is the actions of others we need to be aware of. Here is half the problem the speed of the game today has increased the skill level skating ie has increased the size of player has increase the respect of other players has decreased.I have a simple solution one I would not like to see but one that would work. Here it is on each end of rink run a line 3ft from the boards along the back of the net this would be a no hit zone. Any where behind the net really most hits from behinds happen on forechecks this would eliminate that play it would also keep teams from rimming pucks because players would just cut of rims as apossed to hitting dman the concept would work. But its alot like driving if you are alert and aware you most likely will not get blindsided players need to be aware of there surrounding you get no points for getting to the puck and getting drilled the game is played better in every way today except for one between the ears. So I say god bless this kid and be aware of the dangers would you send you kid to school if kids were able to smack him around an hour a day. of course not so you send them to the rink instead

Anonymous said...

In response to the comments. This was actually a late blindside open ice hit and not a check from behind into the boards. There was no need for the hit at all and probably comes from the phrase "finish your check". The check was finished but it was late and totally unnecessary. This is an alert player and there is nothing that "Eric" did wrong. No matter how alert you are on the ice there is little that can be done to prevent a blindside late hit.

The upcoming vote on banning body checking from house hockey was going to happen whether this player was injured or not. The injury to this rep player really brings to the forefront some of the problems in hockey.

Single birth years is definitely a good idea.

Anonymous said...

OK thats a real smart vote coming up, its the same stupid thought that went into putting mask on our players and not teaching them to hit or take a hit until peewee, lets see you teach the player at a young age to keep his hands down, give and recieve a hit and that is hockey, take away the armour that the players wear today and make it hurt for the giver as well as the reciever and maybe some of the respect that the game had before will come back in, ya lets take the hitting out of house and then have our players at a early age that are developing and then have them jump into a hitting league after they are developed enough to do so and have them never ever been part of a hitting league, you got to be kidding me, who ever in there right mind would vote yes for this should be banded from hockey all together

Anonymous said...

The Lower Mainland Vancouver area votes in favour of removing body checking from all house leagues. The vote was overwelmingly in favour of removing body checking.

This is an excellent move as body checking in house in not necessary.
In house there is a huge skill and weight discrepancy. The removal of body checking will result in fast game and better hockey.

There are ways to prepare house players for bodychecking if they desire to progress to rep such as planned use of affiliate house players are rep practices, planned hitting practices for affliates. If just requires better planning and preparation.

The vote to remove body checking in Pee Wee rep for the province of BC takes place in June.