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09-03-2012, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Trl3789 View Post
How should us beginners go about determining whether a pickup session is competitive or laid back?
If it's a public open hockey or stick time session then nobody has a right to get annoyed at anyone's skill level. You have every right to be there.

I'm talking more organized skates like a weekly private pickup or organized weekly pickup. They are usually the same guys every week. The games are friendly, but competitive. Skill level is usually similar. It just kind of hurts the game if a guy gets out there that's a true beginner.

Really depends though. Just play hard, pass the puck to teammates skating by you, don't take long shifts, and play clean and guys shouldn't have a problem. If they do and aren't currently being paid to play for a living then point that out and tell them to **** off. That attitude should be reserved for pros. Not wannabees. Everything is relative. The best players in my men's league would be embarrassed by top notch pro players so no reason for anyone to have an attitude.

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