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08-16-2014, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Soundwave View Post
They don't need to be friends off the ice.

I like everyone on my rec hockey team just fine, but that doesn't mean that we all hang out together after the game. I'm closer to some teammates than others, some I will go out and catch a movie or meal with, others I won't invite but that doesn't mean I don't like them, lol.

Gretzky and Kurri never hung out after the games.
It does help to be friends with your linemates though. That's why I like that Yak and Draisatl seem to be getting along well. The better you know a person, the better you play with them. Some of the linemates that I performed best with growing up were also my best friends, generally because we knew how each other thought, and could predict what the other was going to do. When playing with guys I didn't know well or didn't get along with (Which, unfortunately happened a lot for me since I moved a ton as a kid) my passes may have been off, or defensive coverage might have broken down easier. Not to mention I was a lot less likely to take a punch for someone I thought was a d-bag.

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