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10-29-2011, 11:27 PM
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Originally Posted by ponder View Post
For the most part ringers at a lower level are just out there to play hockey with some friends, and they generally don't try so hard. My league is mostly made of roughly HS/select/single A (like midget A) type players, but there are a decent number of ringers too, guys who played junior A/B or even university/college hockey. They're clearly better than most players, but they tend to tone it down a bit and don't just dominate games. Personally I don't mind the ringers at all, but I guess if it was a bigger talent gap it would suck.
To me a "ringer" is someone who plays down for the purpose of dominating others and securing a victory. A person who values winning more than improving.

Not someone who is there because he wants to play on the same team as his less-talented buddies and wants to have a good time. It sounds like the guys you play with are cool, and if they played in my league I probably wouldn't classify them as ringers.

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