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10-01-2007, 08:21 AM
Join Date: Apr 2005
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Then just change your style. Become a defensive d man and just work on the outlet pass. You donīt need to be an offnsive threat to be an effective player. That could solve the problem.
But in all honesty, who wants to join a beer league for a few hundred $$$ to be a 'grinder' or 'defensive specialist'? I'm not on a team that's fighting for the Allen Cup or competing for a provincial AAA crown.
I'm a 33 year old father of 2 that wants to get out and believe he's Steve Yzerman for a night.
In last years playoffs the mantra of my line was "don't get scored on". I can't tell you how boring it was. We simply worked hard in our zone and then got it out and changed it up. On almost every occasion if I did try to make something happen in the offensive zone, my linemates weren't there because they were hanging back or changing up after a 25 second shift. Maybe I "don't get it" but I'm not built like that. I want to have FUN and it seems that a lot of guys I've played with over the years don't get that. They still see hockey, in any form, to be the most serious thing on the planet; "WIN, WIN, WIN. Don't try anything fancy. Dump the puck in. Backcheck, etc,etc,etc."
If the only thing I can do in a league is be a 3rd line plugger that only has worth in giving the top 2 lines a rest while providing semi-decent defense then I don't want to play.
Tonight is pretty much going to be my last game.
I got invited into a weekly pick-up game that I know I can have fun with so that's what I'm going to do.
I'll leave this league to all those former junior players so they can have fun not having fun.
And I know I'm not the only one that feels that way in this league as I've talked to about a half-dozen other guys that expressed the same concerns. Over the course of 2 years, the league has turned into a retirement league for 22-25 year old kids that just finished their ultra-competitive Junior C or B careers. I have no problem with that. I'm just glad I realized my limitations before I wasted any more time in the league.
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