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Re: How to overcome weak defensemen

Sounds like my kids team. I think if parents were more focused on their kids and not so worried about what other kids are doing, youth hockey wouldn't have that reputation of having crazy parents. I've heard parents tell their kid that that goal that was scored wasn't their fault . It was another kids fault. Awesome way to teach responsibility. Being a team player is very important and is encouraged but I as a parent are more concerned with his individual development. When he comes to me frustrated I just remind him to support his teammates and be encouraging and that he can only control himself and what he does and how he needs to work hard and prepare for each game. Hopefully if he finds himself in a better situation he'll be able to step up his game.

Re: How to overcome weak defensemen

You should rotate the forwards back there ASAP. Firstly, it will help the parents realize that their kids stinks too, secondly if it great for their development to see the game from the D position and lastly it will help everyone realize how important back checking is..... you should do some of this anyway but definitely at the level this sounds like... if the kids can't get a puck to net and are falling over you are talking mites and or very low level hockey so just mix it around and make sure they are having fun.

Re: How to overcome weak defensemen

Sounds like you have a team of dusters, Coach. Teach them to skate in practice. Teach them positioning before/during games.

Re: How to overcome weak defensemen

Defesemen is the most thankless job on the ice. Forward score a couple garbage goals and fail to backcheck an entire game and he gets praise; goalie has a 10 save shut-out and he gets praise; defensemen is only noticed when something goes wrong and he gets no credit for the wins. Easily the most difficult position on the ice (positioning, skating, split second decision making)and why a kid would want to do it is beyond me.

Re: How to overcome weak defensemen

Maybe have your superstar forward backcheck for once?

Re: How to overcome weak defensemen

Everyone please take the hooks out of your mouths. This thread was started by a disgruntled goalie dad who objected a couple of weeks ago to a thread about bad goalies making identical statements.

Applaud him, he sucked you in.

Re: How to overcome weak defensemen

And I thought it was posted by Bruce Cassidy complaining about Tory Krug.... What a disaster he has been this season and with that contract he might be trolling the local rinks looking for his own coaching job.

Re: How to overcome weak defensemen

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And I thought it was posted by Bruce Cassidy complaining about Tory Krug.... What a disaster he has been this season and with that contract he might be trolling the local rinks looking for his own coaching job.
It's not just this season. He's always been a defensive liability. It's just more glaring when he is getting top 4 minutes. Do you know how hard it is to be -2 in a 4-2 game when you also have two assists?

Reminds me of a couple of years ago when Ovechkin had 50+ goals and 25+ assists - and he was still, somehow, -35. That is HARD to do!