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I take it your kids are too young or else you would know this is where the $ comes from.
It is amazing the range of knowledge to lack of knowledge in this area when it comes to levels of hockey. It appears that people base all of their knowledge of the sport on their small sample of where they played or their school.
My experiences with Captains practices were the real deal (the coach would tell the captain things he would suggest working on or suggest they use the same plan that last years captain did ) In fact, the coach would use a season practice at some point to run a simulated captains practice where they would observe from the stands, so they when they could not be there it was fine.
In addition, players pushed themselves hard, because they knew the captains would be telling the coaches who did what and the potential to be cut was very real. The captains took their role very serious so that the captaincy would not be revoked and the players took it very serious too.
I can say that the numerous captains practices at various levels I participated in were real practices that the coach had some behind the scenes input in. It would always inevitably end in some type of scrimmage or shootout. But it did not matter if the coach was there or not, because they were structured uptempo intense practices.. In fact some of the most physical practices were captains practices when the coach was not there to tell you to stop crushing his new d men with an overly aggressive fore check !
You're pretty much right on....sadly.
if this is the sh$t that happens at your kids school, why the hell would you want him playing on that team anyway? Even if he is not one of the benders trying to make an impression.
Clearly you are not involved in hockey these days. Many places Ice cost is closer to $300/hr and any quality boosters group will put this together for the kids and yes make a few hundred dollars on it. Then the few hundred goes right back into the program by way of workout clothes, sweatshirts, water bottles, whatever the program needs that the school does not fund. Moron