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This is an interesting take. Will be interesting to see what coaches do next year at the prep level. Many kids left campus. left teammates, left coaches to play in other leagues. Next year, will these kids be welcomed back after abandoning everyone. What happened to there is no "I" in team? Some will say they left with coaches approval but it still wont sit well with coaching staffs and more importantly teammates. Time will tell.
The question is Not whether the player made the right move to leave prep for the following season, clearly he is within his rights to most fully optimize his hockey career, including leaving high school after his 11th grade year to play on a Juniors hockey team.
The Question to me worth pondering, specifically relating to "politics", is how egregiously wrong is the coaches decision to "bench" the kid after the player announced that this year would be his last at the school? There was virtual universal agreement that this player was the number 1 defenseman on the team.
The vaunted meritocracy myth was shattered by the coaches maneuver....
In my opinion a good coach would have left the line up unaffected, regardless of how much the player's decision angered the coach.
1st. I don’t believe coach benched the kid. Player’s future success will be direct reflection on prep coach and program. 2nd. If kid is not one of top 5 or 6 players on a high school team, he sucks!
At the high school level, you as a parent, shouldn't be talking to a HS coach about where and what your kid should be doing on the ice. Your kid is the one who should be doing all the talking. You're saying its not politics, but by you speaking to the coach, its all about politics. You just don't get that.
If you say so. Folks, stay away from high school coaches such as this one. Their decision making is based in parental input and not talent.
Your parents spoke to the coach twice a year, totally acceptable. Today, the coaches are getting texts on the bench during games when little Johnny misses a shift.
"There's are no politics in high school hockey" Easily wins this year's dumbest quote of the year award. We are still giving this out right?
I love it when these neanderthal coaches have offspring and then miraculously their kid is on the top line and are held to no accountability as a freshman. Sorry, your kid has a bad attitude. But my kid, my kid is the best. He never makes a mistake.