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This is my sons first year of club hockey. I have met several new dads at the rink this season. I am surprised at how many dads have never played hockey at any level yet they consider themselves hockey experts, coaching genius, positioning and training pros. It's baffling to me. I wish they would just shut up and watch the game.
What are the top signs to watch out for to know if you are talking to an imposter hockey dad?
Stands down by the glass. Switches ends each period to see his kid score goals. Which he doesn't.
If he tracks stats. These dads are the worst. This is usually an indicator of a hockey chump. Even worst when they share their stats with everyone. Take a break, they are 8
That guy is also the one that is the first to talk to the coach after the game asking "how did little Johnny do? Did you like that dangle he did in the 2nd period?"
Then why are you standing with them ?
Take yourself away from that element, because soon that will be you
Do me a favor and go watch a game on Live Barn. There is an on demand feature, so you can go back and watch games. There are rinks for both the EHF and E9 that have cameras. Pull up a 05 level game.
If you watch it, you will realize that you get caught up in the moment of the game when you are on the glass or in the rink. If you watch it on a computer you will realize they are little boys that are not even close to being whatever they are going to be a few years from now.
Gives you a great perspective of what a joke it is when we all (me included0 get caught up in teams and leagues.
Stay away from any hockey dad that recomends you go re-watch games on live barn. Stay on the other side of the rink from any hockey dad that tells you he re-watchs games on live barn so he can see his own reactions. Find a new team if you walk into a practice and find all the hockey dads standing on the glass grading out kids during drills and recounting the highlights from last weekend's games.
Has an imposter hockey dad ever played ice hockey, ice skated or even played street hockey?
Or even play in high school?
My point wasn't to see my reaction. My point was so you "pro hockey dads" could see that they are little kids. Come on...wake up.
Imposter dad wears team gear
Exactly. Thats's the problem with youth hockey now a days. No sense of humor. Its become a business carried on the backs of 6 to 14 year olds kids, when it should be just about kids playing hockey because they like to. Anyway, I gotta run. I have to get back to my live barn replay review because I missed practice last night to watch the Pats game. The other dads will be ****** if my grades are in for tomorrow's game!
That way you can recruit from other teams. Of course that is back firing and now your kid is on the verge of 3rd line. Hey, but whatever its all about have the best team.
What about the dreaded imposter hockey dad coach!
Having a liquid lunch with the others on the youth hockey board.
Is it okay to stand by the boards quietly with your own sweatshirt because most of the parents are crazy?
I guess I'm an imposter hockey dad. I admit I stand down near the glass and wear the team sweatshirt. I stand near the glass because I cannot stand the cackle of the parents in the stands. I wear the sweatshirt because I stand down near the glass and it's cold.
I have one that's personalized and one that's not. My kid likes the fact that I wear it. I could honestly care less what anyone else thinks or says.
I guess I better stop wearing Bruins jerseys or colors to nhl games. I think it's funny that the nhl makes money off supporting your team however if I am proud of my son and support his team and colors that makes me a imposter hockey dad. Maybe I should go burn my pro jerseys before I'm called an imposter fan.
Nothing wrong with wearing a team fleece to a game, even a hoodie. Screw these guys who's kids are 3rd liners and know their kids don't belong. They're just jealous of your kid, and your enthusiasm. What's really questionable however is the mom/aunt who wears the jersey. What's up with that!? I'm talking to you Boston JR Rangers adult in the Squirt jersey...
What about the infamous Drunk imposter hockey dad coach?