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03-16-2010, 01:49 AM
Giroux tha Damaja
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Originally Posted by 10 ft. pole View Post
I don't play dirty so your assumption would be incorrect. Making a clean hit to counteract a dirty play is fair game in all of the leagues I have played in. My question is where is it's place in pickup. Hockey is hockey and it seems there are some of the same problems at all levels. Does a stick in your face mean less if you are a beer leaguer or an NHLer? Why would a clean hit be uncalled for in the same manner as a dirty hit. We are not talking about intent to injure. We are talking about teaching guys boundaries in hockey.
I don't think it has a place in pick up. And I wasn't saying you were guilty of dirty play. I was saying you were someone who elevated the physicality of the game to a point where guys can get hurt. I don't think that's acceptable at pick-up hockey, but you're not the only one doing it and I understand how it gets there.

It basically sounds to me like you need to get the guys to understand that at pick-up hockey the priorities are a bit different since it is essentially practice in the form of a game. For most guys I think the priorities are something along the lines of:

1: Respect each other's safety
2a: Have fun
2b: Work on your game
3: Win the scrimmage

If play gets spirited and everybody is hustling and back checking and flying all over......that's great! But people shouldn't lose perspective.

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