unwritten rules of beer leagues?
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04-18-2011, 11:47 PM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: TealTown, USA
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I just finished my second season in beer league, as well as my second year playing hockey. What would you say is the etiquette regarding goalies? I don't slash at them or anything but I am not going to give up on a puck until the whistle is blown - a goal is a goal. Also I made a point of screening the goalie this season and seemed to catch a lot of flack (from them). Is that just the other team being fussy or is it wrong for me to have a presence in front of the net? I am not touching the goalie/making any contact whatsoever but he is pushing me and I usually draw a defenseman who does the same thing. They whine at me and each other, am I in the wrong?
Screening the goaltender is fine. Depends on if you're doing anything extra (poking, interfering, etc.). Maybe they're just whining, maybe you're underselling what you're actually doing.
That being said, teams are going to defend their goalies and defend their creases. If you're close to the crease expect a) the goalie to call tell his defenseman to move you and to be disappointed with his defenseman if he doesn't, and b) expect the other team's defense (and goaltender) to do everything they can to get you out of there. That's as much a part of hockey as you standing there.
Nothing wrong with that, nothing wrong with playing or going to the whistle, just understand that them defending such play through the whistle is a part of hockey, too.
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