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Re: The Players Tribune
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2015, 10:18:51 AM »
Patrick O'Sullivan on his abusive father and his path to the NHL:

http://www.theplayerstribune.com/patrick-osullivan-nhl-abuse/

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When I filled out the police report, I just gave the basics. I could have gone on for hundreds of pages, and I wish I had, because my father got out of jail after a month or two. The restraining order I took out against him said he couldnt come within 100 feet of me, but it didnt stop him from showing up to my games.

Id see him up there in his same spot, watching me.

A few years later, his dream finally came true. I was selected in the second round of the 2003 NHL Draft. The NHL assigned me an entire security team for the day, but I knew it was useless. He made sure he was seated right where I could see him.

So when I got up on stage and I pulled on the Minnesota Wild sweater, I knew he was in the building watching, and it made me absolutely furious. Not because of all the pain I endured. But because I knew that he believed, in his heart, that all his abuse was validated. He thought he was the reason I made it to the NHL. The ends justified the means.

Man, I know that his father was common knowledge within the NHL world, but reading it like this is just heart-breaking/terrifying.

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Re: The Players Tribune
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2015, 10:27:58 AM »

It's a great article obviously but while I'm sure the first half of his article will grab the headlines, I really hope people pay just as much attention to the second half. My very limited interactions with hockey parenting in this country has been pretty dispiriting.
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« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2015, 10:44:28 AM »

It's a great article obviously but while I'm sure the first half of his article will grab the headlines, I really hope people pay just as much attention to the second half. My very limited interactions with hockey parenting in this country has been pretty dispiriting.

It's very true, hockey isn't a game anymore for kids.  Even the lowest levels of the game have these nutjobs.  Just yesterday I had a parent try and force me to sign return to play papers for their 14 year old coming off his 3rd concussion in 4 months who is blatantly symptomatic.

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« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2015, 10:56:28 AM »
I remember when I was young playing there were nutjobs too.  I'm glad I stayed at a lower level, the higher the level of hockey it seemed the crazier the parents.

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« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2015, 10:57:24 AM »

It's a great article obviously but while I'm sure the first half of his article will grab the headlines, I really hope people pay just as much attention to the second half. My very limited interactions with hockey parenting in this country has been pretty dispiriting.

It's very true, hockey isn't a game anymore for kids.  Even the lowest levels of the game have these nutjobs.  Just yesterday I had a parent try and force me to sign return to play papers for their 14 year old coming off his 3rd concussion in 4 months who is blatantly symptomatic.

Speaking of, this New York Times Op-Ed is at the very least worth thinking about:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/07/opinion/dont-let-kids-play-football.html
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« Reply #20 on: December 09, 2015, 01:25:20 PM »

It's a great article obviously but while I'm sure the first half of his article will grab the headlines, I really hope people pay just as much attention to the second half. My very limited interactions with hockey parenting in this country has been pretty dispiriting.

It's very true, hockey isn't a game anymore for kids.  Even the lowest levels of the game have these nutjobs.  Just yesterday I had a parent try and force me to sign return to play papers for their 14 year old coming off his 3rd concussion in 4 months who is blatantly symptomatic.

It's a shame. Parents like this that selfishly put their kids in situations that can set them up for failure later on.
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Re: The Players Tribune
« Reply #21 on: December 09, 2015, 01:57:06 PM »

It's a great article obviously but while I'm sure the first half of his article will grab the headlines, I really hope people pay just as much attention to the second half. My very limited interactions with hockey parenting in this country has been pretty dispiriting.

It's very true, hockey isn't a game anymore for kids.  Even the lowest levels of the game have these nutjobs.  Just yesterday I had a parent try and force me to sign return to play papers for their 14 year old coming off his 3rd concussion in 4 months who is blatantly symptomatic.

It's a shame. Parents like this that selfishly put their kids in situations that can set them up for failure later on.

Not just failure, set them up for serious health concerns.
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Re: The Players Tribune
« Reply #22 on: December 10, 2015, 09:06:20 PM »
What's  shocking is for how long O'Sullivan had to ensure this abuse.  His ascension and path his hockey career took should have been laden with enthusiasm and anticipation, instead it was filled with dread and fear. 

Feel sorry for him and have absolutely no empathy for his father, however 'mentally ill' he could be called, for the simple fact that his father knew exactly what he was doing and enjoyed it.

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« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2015, 02:40:42 PM »
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Re: The Players Tribune
« Reply #24 on: December 30, 2015, 08:43:27 PM »
Maybe the greatest article I've ever read?

http://www.theplayerstribune.com/evgeny-kuznetsov-capitals-russia-hockey/

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My mom would be waiting for me at the rink with my lunch and my hockey bag. My mom cook unbelievable. Id eat like a hungry guy.

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If my teammates play 60 hard minutes, do the right things, and then I turn the puck over at the blue line and we lose, I got 22 big guys in the locker room very angry with me. Not good.

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He(Brooks Orpik) see how me, Ovi and a couple guys always do it. So he said he want to do it, too. We do some passes and stick handle, do crazy moves, funny things. For a big guy, he can really do it. Hes got skill. Hes not like a wood man, you know?

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Some people here in America dont like Russian style. They say its boring, all you do is skate. Nobody fight. Blah, blah, blah.

But, really, it's all gold.
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Re: The Players Tribune
« Reply #25 on: December 31, 2015, 12:58:07 AM »
Maybe the greatest article I've ever read?

http://www.theplayerstribune.com/evgeny-kuznetsov-capitals-russia-hockey/

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My mom would be waiting for me at the rink with my lunch and my hockey bag. My mom cook unbelievable. Id eat like a hungry guy.

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If my teammates play 60 hard minutes, do the right things, and then I turn the puck over at the blue line and we lose, I got 22 big guys in the locker room very angry with me. Not good.

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He(Brooks Orpik) see how me, Ovi and a couple guys always do it. So he said he want to do it, too. We do some passes and stick handle, do crazy moves, funny things. For a big guy, he can really do it. Hes got skill. Hes not like a wood man, you know?

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Some people here in America dont like Russian style. They say its boring, all you do is skate. Nobody fight. Blah, blah, blah.

But, really, it's all gold.

Raise your hand if you read the whole thing with a Russian accent in your head.
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« Reply #26 on: December 31, 2015, 08:15:03 AM »
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I just want to play hockey, come home. Watch the Family Feud, go to bed. Wake up, play hockey again

Definitely the greatest ever.

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Re: The Players Tribune
« Reply #27 on: February 10, 2016, 10:38:16 AM »
Victor Hedman describes his experience going up playing hockey in Sweden: http://www.theplayerstribune.com/victor-hedman-lightning-sweden-hockey/

Much like Kuznetov's article, it's interesting to contrast how it works there with how minor hockey is here in Canada, especially in the GTA.

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Re: The Players Tribune
« Reply #28 on: February 10, 2016, 11:41:59 AM »
Do I want to know what "Vincent Lecavalier nutmegging you in practice" means?

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Re: The Players Tribune
« Reply #29 on: February 10, 2016, 11:45:52 AM »
Do I want to know what "Vincent Lecavalier nutmegging you in practice" means?

I googled it, it's a soccer-thing. Basically means passing the ball/puck between a players feet/5-hole.

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Re: The Players Tribune
« Reply #29 on: February 10, 2016, 11:45:52 AM »