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01-03-2008, 10:25 PM
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I'm doing too good and I'm not having ANY fun.

I'm playing a pretty competative league... if you're a normal 20 year old skater. I'm not. I'm not trying to brag but I was all-state allstar at one time in highschool and I'm just doing too good in this league. So I have a delima.

First let me set things up for you

Our team is the best team in the league, me and my best freind I've had since living here have a combined point total of 174 points in 33 games, and with our right wing thrown in that's a 216 point total for our line. We've won all of those games but 6 and lost 4 others in overtime (23-6-4). Our goalies aren't phenominal, our defense is reliable but not amazing. It's mostly my line and our second line (about as dominant as ours with 194 points on that line). We just ended up with the best players in our league and it's not fun anymore.

My stats:
Games Played: 33
Goals: 32
Assists: 60
Points: 92
I've had an 8 point night, four 7 point nights, and three 6 point nights (one tonight) since the league started

My freind (our center)'s stats:
Games Played: 33
Goals: 44
Assists: 48
Points: 82

Neither of us are having any fun. I'm sure you're thinking "wow they must be having a blast tearing it up like that" but no. I'm used to very tough competition and I love challenges. In highschool I was able to become the youngest captian our Varsity team has ever had because I played well in challenges. Now the scoring list for our league (12 teams mind you) have 3 of our players at the top (me, my buddy and the right wing on the 2nd line) then there's a 26 point gap between that third guy and the next guy on the league's list.

I can't go back to college hockey because I'm afraid I'll suck after my back problems, but I think this is the best league I can get into. What should I do?

I'm not having any fun, I don't care about the games anymore, I play close to 22 minutes a game and I'm still bored stiff.

Are there any ideas from anybody on how to make my game more exciting? I used to set goals for myself like score 2 goals in the first period or stuff like that but I stopped after I was able to do that easily . I'm kinda scared I have no where to go.

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01-03-2008, 10:29 PM
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Try another position?

Use the other way to shoot for a few games?

Play a whole game skating backwards?

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01-03-2008, 10:30 PM
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Get into a better rec league. In Denver, the top rec leagues are almost all former pro/division one players. I'd imagine that it's similar where you are.

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01-03-2008, 10:55 PM
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That's the problem, I'm in the top level I can get into until I turn 23 (3 years away!!!).

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01-03-2008, 11:05 PM
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A couple more injuries and you might be called up to play on the Blackhawks

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01-03-2008, 11:33 PM
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A couple more injuries and you might be called up to play on the Blackhawks
LMAO that would be a dream... I should look into the ECHL... Sike.

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01-03-2008, 11:35 PM
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Do you play hockey 12 months a year? You may be getting burnt out.

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01-03-2008, 11:37 PM
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Buy some t-blade holders/runners and switch them out with your current ones, and you'll suck for at least a little while since skating will feel awkward. Hope that helps!

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Do you play hockey 12 months a year? You may be getting burnt out.
What?

He's not getting burnt out. If anything this is right about the exact opposite. He's unable to find a high enough level.

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I wouldn't be so sure, i've seen many good players become bored with the game, then stop playing.

But, I never said that was the case here.

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01-03-2008, 11:54 PM
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I can't go back to college hockey because I'm afraid I'll suck after my back problems, but I think this is the best league I can get into. What should I do?
This is what I'm wondering about...are you saying you're afraid you can't hack contact hockey anymore? I'm not saying that ACHA hockey isn't competitive (I remember you said you played briefly at U of I), but if you're posting those kind of numbers without even trying, even if it is just bush-league hockey, I can't see you flat out sucking at the ACHA level.

Failing that...I'd consider perhaps playing on some mind-altering substances...

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01-04-2008, 12:23 AM
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Put glue on your skates and see if you can still outskate them backwards. Scotch tape works too.

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Just focus on improving different aspects of your individual game rather than winning. Become more versatile. For example maybe switch to D and work on your point shot, a valuable skill to improve. Or work on screening the goalie, deflections, etc. Let someone else carry the puck up ice. Oh, and break up your line, seriously.

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if you're a righty try playing a few games with a lefty stick or vice versa.


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01-04-2008, 07:21 AM
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That's the problem, I'm in the top level I can get into until I turn 23 (3 years away!!!).

You should talk to your league administrator. Perhaps he can make an exception, both for your good and hte good of the league.

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01-04-2008, 10:16 AM
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This is what I'm wondering about...are you saying you're afraid you can't hack contact hockey anymore? I'm not saying that ACHA hockey isn't competitive (I remember you said you played briefly at U of I), but if you're posting those kind of numbers without even trying, even if it is just bush-league hockey, I can't see you flat out sucking at the ACHA level.

Failing that...I'd consider perhaps playing on some mind-altering substances...
The U of I was right at my level but after my back injury I don't know if I'd be able to take that kinda physical game. In this league I maybe get 2-3 hits a game but on U of I, I was taking between 5-7 a game. My back isn't too good.
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You should talk to your league administrator. Perhaps he can make an exception, both for your good and hte good of the league.
I've tried. And failed. I may bring in my stat sheet and have the administrator watch a game. They may just tell me to try U of I again. Which, as I already said, may be out of the question.

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Oh, and break up your line, seriously.
I'd love to do that but I'm not captain (some guy on defense is... he's hillarious that's why he's captain... stupid reason why we picked him), and he's the one who's responsable for submiting lines to the ref before game. I don't know if I can talk him into splitting this up.

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Honestly try a junior college if you can. If you notice your tearing it up in junior college talk to other college coaches in like D-3 or even D-1 if your doing good and see what they have to say. if they say you should come playfor them give it a chance.

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If you and your friend are both not having fun...when ever you both go out, why not have one of you just go in a corner and stay there while the rest of you play 5 on 4. Your coach would obviously be mad but you'd be happy...though you'd get less ice time.

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There must be better leagues. You just have to look harder. In my area we have about 4 different leagues, all have different skill levels you can go into. 2 of those leagues are pretty much all x-college players and pros, and you just have to be 18 to join.

Maybe the one league your looking into you have to be 23 but if you live in Chicago there must be must better leagues.

If your scoring 8 points in one game, your playing in a terrible league.


BTW, what is the name of your league?

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01-04-2008, 09:38 PM
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Perhaps your league needs to mix up teams again, make it more even, or at least newer.
Downside is perhaps you won't get to play with as good people, but upside is you get to play against good people.

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Was it really necessary to have a paragraph long statistical breakdown of your point achievements? You could have just come right out and told us you were too good for your league and we could have taken your word for it.

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Was it really necessary to have a paragraph long statistical breakdown of your point achievements? You could have just come right out and told us you were too good for your league and we could have taken your word for it.
It just set up the situation... I'm not really too proud of it.

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why dont u move to canada , im sure u would find some competitive hockey here.i play in a league with former nhlers, jr players quite competitive, phsyical .great hockey for a guy in your situation.im sure it would knock u down a few notches.

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