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Don’t hold your breath ! My bender just wrapped up bantam minor, fed, granted first few months no contact allowed cause of Covid but after ... fooorgeeetabout it ! Penalties were called for everything , usually matching ones also .. 5-7 penalties at least a period some games .. boarding,
charging , interference , holding , ELBOWS, retaliation penalties just keeps on going ..
some perfectly executed checks( hip, or perfect angles to the boards ) called penalties .. Still a lot of size penalties being called were parents start flipping out cause junior got taken out ... and yes the small guys second half of season had a hard time ...
Size matters but speed kills. USA hockey Mag 5/13, Team USA “average” size 6’1” 187. Read elsewhere, Average Team USA speed, using the NHL speed drill, close to 14.5, fastest skater alive, Connor Mc 13.25. D Men have faster blue line to blue line, on backwards/forward drills, than many Pro’s. Which means they are lightening in two step short spurts and skating backwards. Bottom line, your Bender will stand out if he is quick, big and fast!
Your bender will stand out if he is quick, big, fast, strong, smart, has great hockey sense, good vision, a blistering accurate shot, and ankle breaking dangles. The small slow weak dumb kids eventually fall behind. It's why nearly all the parents on the dboard stop commenting after peewees.
How big was the kid who just won the Hobey Baker?
Dads, here you go -