It was a pretty good tournament. IHC had a tough division and tough schedule. Saturday night's game was at 8:15, started a half hour late so the kids were on the ice at 8:45, which is 9:45 eastern. Most times, my kids in bed at that time. Traveling all that way to end up with a 1 or 2 pm game and a 8 or 8:15 game took it's toll on the 10 year old's. Both night games were very slow and sloppy.
You would have seen better hockey if they were more sensible with the schedule. I would have expected a little more thought would go in to it.
Both Terriers and IHC represented the region well. Both lost to a very good TI by one goal... all games they lost or tied could have gone either way... they are 10! BBB did well also, lost a close one to a very good Ontario team. in the end the boys from mass did well and good to see the hockey here stands up in other parts.
What surprised me most was the level of preparation for most of these teams during the tournament. Team Illinois had shot charts for each period and were passing along in-game adjustments to the bench from a person in the stands.
The NE teams were the exception regarding "film". Most of the teams had video of each game and were reviewing during down time at the hotels.
I think it's a little too much for 10 year old hockey but there was a definite gap between the level of preparation between the NE teams and the rest of the teams I saw. I'm not saying either was is better or worse, TI, Fla Alliance, Don Mills, the MI teams and others seemed to put a lot of preparation into the game and their opponents.
Hockey is as much physical activity as brain/mental activity. Sounds like teams in that tournament were working on both. You CAN and SHOULD train your hockey sense. These 9-10-11 year old kids are smarter than we give them credit for. I see nothing crazy about video/film review of games. It gives kids an opportunity to look at their game from the outside and accept positive criticism and corrections. Many times, when I had talked to my son about him doing or not doing this and that his response was, "No, I wasn't! No I didn't"! Well... video does not lie.
Bsb shouldn't even be in the same sentence with terriers.