Don't loose the tradition Beak. Just remind the guys that
Duffer Hockey is not about wining or loosing but the stories you guys tell! And an excuse to drink a few beers with the fellas on Friday night!
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From the Alien:
Greg, Duffer hockey is many things including a form of psychology .
It is "Cheers" on ice, "everyone knows your name". When life is good, it's icing on the cake. When things aren't so good you just show up and there's 25 psychologists ( and a couple great comedians) ready to give you a needed break from reality. A couple of interesting observations. Tweedy and Tommy Z are the most skilled players of the "younger" guys. They both knew and played with Jimmy in the King Dynasty and completely "get it". When they could simply close the door in 2 seconds on 95% of us over 60, they instead give us just enough pressure to let us "think" we're being competitive and get a little chuckle while doing so. They still skate hard and fast and check within the "Duffer" parameters but completely understand the line. They always seem to be having fun and seldom, if ever, have major collisions with the "old guys.
Harvey and myself have been out of position for 37 years.
We understand and don't mind a little friendly coaching but when someone tomahawks the boards in anger or frustration because
I wasn't at the position, like it's the NHL, you have to wonder. You asked for suggestions for written rules, here's mine. Whatever issues may be causing you problems off the ice,
"CHECK" (little play on Words) those issues at the locker room door and feel blessed that you were led to this great group. The score was never the issue but character was and still is the glue that holds this club together.
Just a thought, (From Tweedy)
All of the points made by everyone are valid but I worry that Mike P. may feel like he is indirectly being criticized by all of the references to "when the King was in charge". If I where him it would bother me,
he does a job nobody else wants to do and does it well and never complains. I think it is all of our responsibility to police what goes on and deal with the knuckleheads and it should not fall all on Mike's shoulders.
Remember, In the past there were a lot of guy's that many thought would be great Duffers that the King chased away just because he didn't like the guy. He would have gotten rid of the Anvil if he didn't have to deal with that damn goaltenders union. A lot can be lost in translation when you send an e-mail and If I were Mike I would take these e-mails as criticism of him. I am thankful for our Czar and for all that he does and personally I think the group is in great shape, we just need a few to be reminded why we play. Other than Tommy Z. and the Anvil, I can't think of anyone else that I can't stand.
I think the Anvil's idea is the dumbest thing I have ever heard, that's just a sneaky goalie trying to get people to shoot less at him so he can see his goals against average that he tracks on his refrigerator at home go down in hopes that his wife and kids will say "Wow, you really have been playing well lately". Never trust an old goalie.
I look forward to Duffer e-mails to make me laugh during a tough day and all of these have depressed me, other than Alien saying he and Harvey have been out of position for 37 years, that made me laugh. To me Duffers is all about the laughs and good friends. I go to see Terry fall, Eddie scream "F---" in his high pitched voice as a puck trickles by him, to hide BBTW's underwear, watch Ambrosia frantically chase the puck around like a German Shepard on ice chasing a tennis ball, watch Giffune eat, Giffune, Landry and Alien shoot at the wrong net, here Fred say "Balls out", make fun of Brian's bag with wheels and to hear anything that comes out of Thor's mouth. If you can embrace the inadequacies of our play and see the humor in it rather than being aggravated by it Duffers becomes the best entertainment value money can buy. As BBTW would say "Stop acting like a bunch of Jobbers!".
I would like to say thanks to Mike for the great job he does and ask that everyone take responsibility for their own actions and be a solution to the problem.
I'm coming Friday and I'm going to run the first guy that gets in my way!
Boy, I sure feel like I farted in church. I'm sorry I will be in Phoenix (possibly scouting duffer trip locations?) this Wednesday. However, my only input is Rule #1: Don't forget why you're skating, its not NHL tryouts. We all try our absolute best, but each person's level might be a bit different. Like Tommy to me. Rule #2: We're supposed to all be friends, skate like it and drink beer like it. And Rule #3: Don't be an a-hole. I deal with enough of those 40 hours a week, I don't come to Duffers to put up with more of it.
Again, really sorry to hear this. You're right,
it doesn't last 40 years by dumb luck. It's the group of "Duffers" that makes it special.
Otherwise I could go skate with some D-League group and fall just as much.
WOW!!!! I know that I haven't been able to come out in a few months to play (way too many irons in the fire) but I have to say that your e-mail really shocked me!
One of the things that I enjoy the most; is being able to come out and play with multiple generations of players and have a "great time" before, during and after the games. It's not the typical men's league BS that I referee every Sunday.
I hope that no one was hurt and that the senior Duffers will "lay down the law"!
Here Here !!! I'm with u Beak. To much competition between players, no not competition attitudes toward each other. Maybe no more
"who scored" unless your meaningful. When I coached we put more praise on assists not goals it helped my Nick be a better player. Isn't that why the nhl made assists the same as goals because people that no the game could see the work the player with the assist did was more than scoring the goal. Thats called not being selfish. Also as we get older I've noticed some sticks getting up on faster younger players by older guys. No matter how fast or young those whacks still hurt. Doing a lil holding is one thing
using the stick on the body or under the skates is unacceptable. The goalies get a good look at the whole game, and I agree Duffers has changed since Bridgeview that's why any goalie will tell you the safest place is in the cage.
From Mini Wheezer:
I read the Emails and as one of the last of the "Kings" appointees I'd like to say this. The Alien said it best! No rules need to be spelled out we're all gown men some of us Myself included need to look at the whole picture. When I tell people about duffers I tell them "you could be having the worst week ever and if your not
laughing after bein in the LR after 5 min, maybe you don't belong here!" I guess I should practice what I
I Admit to being a little aggravated last week but that's no excuse! I'm not callin out names and I don't want to whine (midnight hockey book reference) but I like to try to be competitive. You know when Danny or Tommy make that rare mistake and you have a chance to capitalize on it, its braggin rights in the LR for the rest of the night....and we all know its like a fish story....it grows more and more by the time we get to the bar! The muckin it up in the corner used to be who could throw their Fat around while laughing and stay upright! All I'm sayin is
I took your words and Aliens words to heart,
and I would like to prove Boris wrong and make sure New Duffers as well as Guests understand "The Duffer Way". I'm hoping for a better Friday this week!
P.s. did I hear we have a Smart Goalie?
From Tom Ambrosia
Bill Alen is a true gentlemen and a great Duffer. His words will resonate on Friday and moving forward. I will do my part every week to skate knowing what the unwritten rules are.
Thanks for taking the lead on this. I brought it up a little bit on Friday in the locker room after the skate, but it fell on deaf ears. But your emails and Bill's comments will be discussed in the rookie locker room on Friday before the skate. I feel we can move forward to enjoy some laughs, beers, and memories. Maybe some hockey along the way, as well.
Much gratitude for being a Duffer!