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03-15-2010, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by jwise514 View Post
Quick answer: NEVER.

You're playing in a non-organized recreational hockey game. What you need to do is stand up in the locker room and help the group address the issues like adults. "sending a message" is not going to solve any problems. By doing so, you open up the opportunity for severe injury, not to mention potential legal liability (implicit consent does not include some yahoo deliberately taking you out in the middle of the game, especially at this level).

I agree with the poster who said that the kind of hockey you play is a skill game. The fact that the words "sending a message" would even come into your mind suggests a seriously problem with the tone of your weekly games. Playing with no refs, offsides, or penalties is about exercise, comraderie, and good times enjoying a great sport. Would you consider it appropriate to get even with a guy on an outdoor rink? Never. Same applies to a bunch of guys playing pick up once a week.

No one is a hero, especially you; these problems need to be addressed properly and in a gentlemanly way. Everyone has to wake up the next day and go to work or school, and no one should have to worry about cheap shots.

Add that I would bet money that most players on both teams think the same way, though bias being bias they wouldn't agree exactly.

At best, the "message" you send would make the "yahoos" on the other team feel justified in their actions.

Better just to talk..."hey guys, do we need to hire refs?...or can we tone this down, have fun, and save that money for icetime?"

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