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Continued: The 'State of Hockey' is … excessive

  • Article by: DALE VAILLANCOURT
  • Last update: February 25, 2014 - 4:45 PM

I asked: “If there were more spots offered, would more boys sign up?”

I was assured that if there was more ice time, probably twice that many spots could be filled at the “C” level.

Quick at ciphering, I offered: “Just a thought, but what if there were an option to play half of the normal time, and thus make ice available for twice as many boys? This is ‘C’ level hockey — maybe more guys just want to try it out.”

She said: “Hockey is a big commitment if you want to get better, and the full-time team is the only option.”

That evening, I sat down with my son and explained the level of commitment and time required to “try hockey.”

His response was: “Ha! I’m not doing that! When would I ski or do Scout stuff or homework? Forget it — most of those hockey guys are jerks anyway.”

Then it dawned on me: We don’t have to spend any time with those people. We’re prima-donna-free!

 

Dale Vaillancourt lives in Burnsville.

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