Neg­a­tive player awards not ac­cept­able, say pres­i­dents

Hockey NL pres­i­dent is­sues di­rec­tive say­ing de­grad­ing be­hav­iour will not be tol­er­ated

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Mi­nor hockey pres­i­dents in the Trin­i­tyCon­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia re­gion are weigh­ing in on a let­ter sent to as­so­ci­a­tions early last week from Hockey NL pres­i­dent Jack Lee.

In the let­ter, Lee wrote he had re­cently been no­ti­fied about “var­i­ous coach­ing staffs from around our prov­ince cur­rently reg­is­tered with Hockey NL who have awards in place for play­ers that is very de­grad­ing to them.”

Lee did not clar­ify what he meant by de­grad­ing awards or what as­so­ci­a­tions were in­volved.

“Th­ese types of awards have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the play­ers and on the game of hockey,” he wrote.

Now, pres­i­dents from Bay Arena mi­nor in Bay Roberts, CeeBees mi­nor in Har­bour Grace and Pla­cen­tia In­ter­town are giv­ing their opin­ions on the con­tro­ver­sial let­ter. At­tempts were made to reach the pres­i­dent for Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia mi­nor (Eric Clarke), but they were un­suc­cess­ful.

Each were cer­tain noth­ing of this sort was hap­pen­ing in their as­so­ci­a­tions.

“If you are aware of this tak­ing place within your as­so­ci­a­tion, please en­sure you take the nec­es­sary ac­tion and en­sure this is stopped. If it should con­tinue, please be ad­vised the coach­ing staff in­volved will be re­moved from their team im­me­di­ately,” Lee wrote.

Bay Arena mi­nor pres­i­dent Scott Cros­bie was taken aback when the let­ter popped into his email.

“There are two ways you can take this. There can be very de­grad­ing awards or there are things peo­ple do with­out re­al­iz­ing the im­pact it has on a per­son,” he said. “With mi­nor hockey, you think about prin­ci­pals. It’s about hav­ing fun, it’s about build­ing kids

It’s not about break­ing things down. That’s the wrong di­rec­tion. — Scott Cros­bie

up and build­ing teams up.

“It’s not about break­ing things down. That’s the wrong di­rec­tion.”

“Most times if a player shags up, they don’t need to be told they shagged up. They know,” added Claudette Pittman, pres­i­dent of Pla­cen­tia In­ter­town.

Mean­while, Wendy Pen­ney, pres­i­dent for CeeBees mi­nor, echoed sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments.

“When you look at it, it’s a form of bul­ly­ing,” she said. “If you don’t stop it now, it’s only go­ing to get worse.”

While it did not hap­pen lo­cally, Pen­ney said there were in­stances around the prov­ince, but she did not elab­o­rate.

“I guess Jack (Lee), as pres­i­dent of the Hockey NL, wanted to nip it in the bud,” she said. “I was sur­prised to see that it needed the pres­i­dent of HNL to tell grown coaches that you can’t do th­ese cer­tain awards.”

At the pro­fes­sional ranks, you hear in­stances of teams hand­ing out awards for the hard­est work­ing player, or player of the game. How­ever, it is never a neg­a­tive thing.

It is pos­si­ble coaches could have taken this idea and had it back­fire on them.

Ei­ther way, pres­i­dents agree it is some­thing they would work to elim­i­nate from their pro­grams if a trans­gres­sion of the sort was dis­cov­ered.

“We would cer­tainly ad­dress with the coach as an as­so­ci­a­tion that it wouldn’t be tol­er­ated,” said Pittman.

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Bay Arena mi­nor pres­i­dent Scott Cros­bie.

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CeeBees mi­nor pres­i­dent Wendy Pen­ney.

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Pla­cen­tia In­ter­town pres­i­dent Claudette Pittman.

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