Well let's see, we could come on here and talk about our kids leaving beer cans on the bus and losing our school ride sponsorship and putting us in a crippling financial bind but oh yeah that didn't happen.
We could talk about our team not showing up for their games but again that didn't happen and has never happened with an MSU team.
We could have our players come on this board and and make homophobic comments but that didn't happen either.
We could have a player come on here and call his own coach an idiot but yeah once again that didn't happen.
We could come on here and talk about missing or missapropriated money but no that hasn't happened at MSU either
Or we could make some comments that might help make a difference in an already really good program. The comments made on this thread were very specific and were not critical of anyone, it was never personal until jerks like you try to make it personal. (If you want a board that talks only about HakuMata please go to Disney.com.)
Here's a fact that you probably won't understand. You can actually improve an organization by talking about and dealing with the opportunities for improvement. Sometimes they are hard to hear and sometimes they need to be said anonymously but saying them can actually be very productive.
This is not about a JV player not making the team or not getting enough ice time. You can chose to believe that or not but frankly I could care less what you think. This is about trying to make comments and suggestions that will continue to move this organization in the right direction.
MSU has not figured out how to leverage the fact that they have two teams to their full advantage. That's not a slam on anyone that is just a fact that I don't think anyone familiar with the situation contests. I would also suspect that the same thing is true in other organizations. I know Kich mentioned earlier this year that they had some JV players that didn't make the Varsity team who had not handled it well and that had affected their team to some extent. The MSU JV players didn't have that problem. They actually enjoyed the successes they had and have several players that are really satisfied being on the silver team and enjoying the major roles they play instead of riding the bench on varsity.
I know that is really hard for some you "my kid didn't make aaa so I'm going to go talk to the president or move him to a different organization parents" but they REALLY don't care that they aren't gold players. This is something that a number of posters on this board just can't seem to get their head's around. Playing gold means a whole lot more to you than to them, really. The best JV players could care less about playing varsity. They just want to play hockey.
This is not the right thread for this and I will leave it alone after this post. Here's how the club could better by being one organization. Sharing strategies and systems would be good so that when kids do move up they fit in quicker and are more productive. The fact that this doesn't happen is certainly not this year's varsity's coaches fault and I've heard no one suggest that it is his fault. He got handed a bad situation and he made the best of it. He should be recognized for what he did not for things that weren't done.
Nobody really needs to be blamed for the organization not being more cohesive. Maybe it's just a matter of the organization maturing. And with some people having moved on and probably more changes coming the next maturity level maybe right around the corner.
I do think there are several signs that things are changing for the better. The varsity coach did actually bring kids up to evaluate them during his practices. This had never been done before and this was the fourth year of the jv program. The organization also brought the graduating jv seniors to senior night and recognized them along with the varsity players. Absolutely a thoughtful thing to do and once again the organization should be commended for that thoughtfulness and inclusiveness.
Believe it or not these comments are only intended as a nudge to try to keep the improvement momentum going in the right direction. Final thought, (I hear the applause.) What Stan does and has done for this club cannot be properly acknowledged. His efforts are selfless and I hope he knows exactly how much his dedication and hard work are appreciated. I know I make a point to tell him everytime I see him and I hope if your affiliated with MSU you do too. As this club would be no where near as good as it is without him.
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