No NHL season. No one wants to officially state that, but delaying the season month after month sure sounds like a canceled season. Even if the season kicked off in 2013, what kind of excitement would we have? Would there be a Cup? who knows, many die-hard sports fans have lost interest and have rediscovered college football and the NFL. Yes there's other hockey to see, but the damage is done - maybe not for everyone, but for many, including sponsors - it's not too good. This shouldn't be a shock, we've all seen it coming. It's not the same game I grew up with. It's great to see teams like Winnipeg return to Canada, but expanding the league and abandoning Canada may have made the league more cash, but it changed the feel of the game. Longer season's and more games only seem to water-down the excitement of a game. Changing the rules over and over again hasn't been much help either. The NHL may survive this, but hockey overall has taken a hit. At the youth level it's become a closed sport - extremely expensive and time consuming. Traveling hours to match one "select" team against another. House leagues are disappearing, pond hockey mostly just a faded memory of out door rink's past. It always comes down to the money. Money has slowly filtered out the blue collar kids, and turned our beloved sport into big business. You want to save hockey? Bring back the outdoor rinks and get more kids skating. Put the heart back into hockey, and maybe that will filter up to the big leagues someday. Until then....There's always lacrosse....Thank God for that!
Coach Heldt's Notes
Monday, August 27, 2012
Posted by Coach Heldt at 7:19 PM
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Have we lost the ability to allow our kids the opportunity for unorganized play? Have we lost the mindset that allows us to feel confident that unorganized sports is even viable, safe, politically correct?
Posted by Coach Heldt at 3:29 PM
Saturday, August 25, 2012
September 11th 2012 EA Sports NHL 13 will be released regardless of NHL lockout. Maybe check out some hockey you don't normally follow. Can't get enough hockey with just updates from the WHL, OHL, QMJHL, AHL, kHL, or IIHF?
Posted by Coach Heldt at 7:39 AM
Friday, August 24, 2012
Summer winds down and school starts soon. Hopefully parents, players, and even coaches had some down time to enjoy the weather and rest up for the next round of lacrosse and hockey. Too much of anything is usually not good. Everybody needs a break to ensure growth mentally and physically. Believe it or not there is a lot more going on in the world than just sports. Hard to believe, but it's true. Recharge the batteries, hit the beach, do some fishing, read some good books, sit around a campfire, anything not related to hockey or lacrosse. Vacation should be a time to avoid burnout. If you must do some kind of sporting activity go play tennis, play some baseball, shoot some hoop. Just give your hockey and lacrosse helmets a chance to air out. In fact it wouldn't be a bad idea to let your gear dry out. Even if it's only for a few weeks - just don't leave your gear in the car.
Posted by Coach Heldt at 7:04 PM
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
There are lots of leagues and lots of different levels of play in both Lacrosse and Hockey. The top dog in one area, might not fare as well in another. Years ago I was coaching a young team north of the river and we were doing very well early in the season. We had a good coaching staff, enthusiastic players, lots of early ice and it showed on and off the ice. It was evident early in the season that, not only could we play up a level, but we really should take the challenge. Moving up would really mess up our standings, but we made the decision that it would be best for the players to play tougher teams if we wanted to improve our skills level for each player and the team as a whole. It wasn't easy, but the level of our team's play went up, way up as the season progressed. Another team that was at the time about equal in skill to us decided to stay down and eventually dominate the level we had left. Near the end of the season I could see we had made the right decision. I saw the other team play, and knew they too should have moved up along with our players. If you want to get better, play better competition. That doesn't mean play so far out of your range that it works against you. Know when and where to gauge the line. Dominating at one level isn't much fun after a while. I'd rather see a team lose to a strong opponent than easily defeat a weak team. In some leagues you are where they place you, so play all your lines. A deep strong bench is much better than one that leaves you dependent on a few hot shots and one line. In fact that's usually a sign of lazy coaching. I'd even venture to say cowardly coaching. Good hockey usually doesn't equal easy hockey. It usually means there'll be some work involved from the team and from the coaches. Like I always say: it's easy to pick a team, it's hard to make a team. Don't coach just to wear a whistle around your neck and look cool. Coach to help your players and your team excel to the best of their ability. No one said it would be easy. So next time you're having a cup of good ole rink coffee watching your team crush a weaker team, or worse your team getting out played by a stronger opponent, ask yourself if this is how the sport was intended to be. Are you climbing up the mountain, or sliding down? If your team is playing their best, then it's upward and onward, if they only need to glide, then its time to find a new mountain to climb.
Posted by Coach Heldt at 5:14 PM