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The shirts on hangers is 'effin ridiculous.
These kids aren't on the friggin' Bruins.
unless you are playing house league, game shirts on a hanger is a must. respect the game, respect the jersey, respect the team, and respect the organization. It is as simple as that. This goes hand in hand with not wearing your game socks during practice. respect the uniform.
Game day is not practice. The earlier they learn the difference, the better. Mental preparation for game day begins long before they step on the ice. Ask any athlete that played beyond middle school, or high school JV, and they should know this.
as for skates. Yes, it is important that they learn how to tie their own skates "properly". However, if they are unable to lace them up tight enough as a squirt, you will only be sacrificing their development by forcing them to tie their own skates before they are doing it correctly. At the end of the day, what is more important?
So your the parent of the day little tard that waddles out of the rink with the blue slushy while you carry his bag and stick, then tell everyone at work your kid kid is “elite” because he plays Fed Silver?
Congrats, your kid will have his first sausage in his mouth in within 2 years and will be living in your basement until he is 35.