Sadly, it's all true. HC has a lot of characteristics that are, let's say, less-than-desirable. Aside from what's already been mentioned on this D-board (again, from what I've read, is all true), he is not a hockey guy. He's a former tow-truck driver, who knows the only reason he coaches is to keep his kid on the team. Practices were ineffective at best. He didn't teach the kids anything. No schemes at all (forechecking, neutral zone, defensive zone, nothing).
Worse, he coaches out of fear (except for his own kid, of course). Players frequently left the rink in tears. HC lied to me and to other families on the team about a variety of things. He violated so many of USA Hockey rules, it's ridiculous. There are also a few things that I can't mention because that would likely disclose my identity, and I'm not interested in ending up in anyone's cross-hairs.
All this information was brought to the Flames attention, along with a request to remove HC. HC should have been removed, however Wes/Larue did nothing about it. And the families left because of it. One parent even gave HC a graceful way to exit...coach the flames team in the white division, which would have better suited HC's son. But HC isn't going anywhere. I feel bad for the players who stayed with the team.
For HC and Wes/Larue to blackball two kids from playing for a team in the white division is not a sound business decision. That is, if the flames are successful in blocking those two kids from playing at another organization, that doesn't keep the money flowing. Those kids will not return to the flames. Moreover, the Huskies are not a real threat to the flames, at that level anyway.
In fact, this is the opposite of a sound business decision. This is an ego play...A dick-measuring contest. And it makes the flames look like a bully. Ultimately, that is not good for business. I'm sure they'll continue to draw people in, as they are a huge organization, and most people don't know any better. But anyone who hears about this incident is certainly going to think twice about joining the flames.
A smart decision is to work it out between the organizations. That's what most organizations do. Let the kids play, and avoid the bad press. But hey, what do I know. These are good kids, and good families, and for the flames to blackball them in this fashion is disgraceful.
Personally, I hope this story reaches the entire organization, and more people leave.
The fact that Tier 1 players need to be "released" after completing a season and wanting to play elsewhere tells you all you need to know about the FED.
I don't know if the claim about the 05 MMF coach is true but if it is, that's troubling. Sexual activity and 11 year olds don't mix well in any court.
Here is the real question all us outsiders are wondering. Was the mom hot and was there more than one.
What!? We never heard about any of this at tryouts. Are you talking about the head coach? Shocking! What the heck.
If you don't question the all mighty CP and are ok with him having severe control issues, being an ego-maniac and total narcissist...things will be fine. Don't question his lack of hockey knowledge (highest level played goalie on men's league), his affair with a team mom (poor husband has had no idea for 2 seasons), his bff/assistant coach who is never sober, the fact that neither of them can pass a CORI check you will have a great season! Oh and if you can look past the fact that his kid is not cut out for this level. Just be prepared that if your child is on ice same time as his kid or his lover's kid, your child will be called out and blamed for whatever went wrong that shift. It is a great environment that he creates and shame on the MMF for allowing it to continue for a 3rd season. CP, LR and WT are horrible people. Good luck and best wishes for a "fun" season
Yowza, this sounds like great reality TV!
He probably laid it on thick!
Not the first time LR has blocked kids/families from pursuing a better opportunity, and it won't be the last. The only consolation is that his own team is a complete mess, which must break his heart.
Many of the flames teams are a complete mess. Yes, LR's 04 team, the aforementioned 05 Tier 1 team, 06 tier 1 team, the 04 tier 1 team. They are not the only game in town anymore, there are many, many more, better options now for quality coaching and quality ownership. How many championships did they win this season, with what 25+ teams that they field? If I had to guess, maybe 3? 1 of which was the 06 elite team that was mentioned earlier, that was using an illegal player.
Two more sheets on the way though, so the money keeps flowing. Hey fed4life guy, keep promoting because you know they are all about developing your kid, right? They are playing you, but you keep pushing their message.