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10-30-2011, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Stickmata View Post
My C league team has two guys that played Junior A/B, one ex D-I, three ex D-III players and a number of guys who played travel hockey as kids. And a lot of those guys take plenty of penalties. Has nothing at all to do with the experience level of the player. Has to do with the mental state of the player. For every hack that's out there whacking away, there's an ex-Junior/College player doing the exact same thing.

IMO, the refs have to walk a fine line, between keeping the games safe and keeping them going.
I agree, I've played with guys who played junior A, minor pro, and college. In my opinion, these guys are the most likely to fight/commit flagrant penalties. I guess they feel like they've got nothing to lose because they'll always be able to play somewhere else.

At the same time, these players usually have a target on their backs, so most times it is in retaliation. That doesn't make it right, but I suppose they're just used to playing with that "eye for an eye" mentality.

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