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06-02-2012, 05:10 AM
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Guffaw
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Originally Posted by Jarick View Post
For me, competitive hockey is what you do as a kid or young adult when your goal is to make it as far as possible, either high school, college, or the pros. Rec hockey is what you do for fun as an adult, where there's no future in it per se other than your enjoyment.
Good point. That may be the one difference. There is no potential to "make it" once you reach mens league status.

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Originally Posted by HockeyThoughts View Post
Also I wholeheartedly agree with everything Guffaw posted above. I have never been the type to half-ass anything in life, and I take rec league pretty seriously. I play hard and I expect the same from my teammates, I play to win and subsequently have fun. I play D and against the better teams I'll devote myself to a grinding shutdown role. Oftentimes, scoring isn't my goal, winning as a team is. A team win feels better than scoring one goal in a losing effort. The ends justify the means and I'll do whatever it takes to win.
Amen Sir, and that's all that really matters. It's my team. We're in a battle. I'm giving all I have to win just like I always did. Pickup is "just" pickup. Games with 2 teams, refs, and where the score is kept are competition. There's no shame in being passionate about something and doing everything you can to be your best no matter what age or league classification.

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