I know several of the parents and players you're referring to in your post. Couldn't be further from the truth! First and foremost, they weren't poached. Also, neither the players nor parents that I am familiar with think their kids are superstars! Sometimes circumstances dictate a change! Doesn't mean they're unhappy where they're currently playing, just that it may be more convenient or family circumstances or employment necessitate considering other options. Two parents I know very well and they, and their kids, would bring nothing but class to any organization they're affiliated with ! Consummate team players and parentsare realistic . Hope they stay where they are this year, and if they opt to play elsewhere, will be sorely missed!
You must be delusional if you don't know that the IHC are and have been poaching top E9 players. Why else would they invite these "top" kids to practices? They do have non EHF tryouts. Why not wait to see these kids then? True, Parents will do what they think is best for their kids and what's best for their personal situations. That's a separate issue. Unfortunately the OP is correct on this one.
Hate to break it to you but all teams move players during this time of year and this year it's no different. This will be a typical year for moves for IHC, 2 maybe 3 players and move from 4 to 5 defenseman.
The team is not imploding and will make similar moves to other organizations. They're also not gearing up to focus on the flames. I know many of the parents who's kids play for the IHC 06 team and they couldn't be nicer. No one thinks their kid is a superstar.
I wish my kid would be asked or "poached" to play on their team. Best of luck to them.
Hmmm.....and why wouldn't they be focused on taking down the Flames? Aren't they the team to beat? It's a competitive leaugue isn't it? So you mean they are more focused on development . That's friggin hilarious. Keep drinking the cool aid buddy.
So they are content with being the second best team, then Flaming out in the playoffs? (notice my word play there?) Good attitude.
Hmmmm...so how many core kids(you know, the kids that they started with) have retained(developed)..just wondering? Any kids move up from their tier 1 team?
I say who gives a Rats Ass what or Why someone makes a decision to move to another Team or Organization. Hockey People are So ****ed Up......Who cares for Christs Sake what the guy next to you does..Is he paying your Bills? NO....So ****'em...........Is it Okay to swear on this Board
And yes to these parents it is about beating the flames .... several of the players didn't make the Brick team and parents are dying to beat the flames. Hitch a ride!
So they (IHC) put a superteam together, then refuse to play anyone else outside of EHF, that may give them a good game. Keep ducking. At least the Flames will play anyone anywhere at anytime.
Same goes for Jr. Terriers, Jr Eagles and South Shore kings. All will take anyone on and let the best team win. Props to these orgs for doing that. Gallant can keep protecting his teams, but everyone knows the truth outside of the IHC inner club.
Flames are as boring as their 1980's uniforms
You call them boring because you know full well that your precious 04 from TG Tier 1 couldn't make the 06 Flames Elite. Sad. How's the job search going?
I will bet you that 2 of your top forwards are begging to join IHC after next season. Sorry the 06 Mite Hall of Fame team is over for you Flamers