Another Vote Against Year Round Hockey


High school season is over and my daughter is signed up for town soccer. Are you looking at spring and summer teams? Read this:

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/wanted+hockey+true+athletes/8043213/story.html

For summer think 1-2 weeks of camp and 1-2 tournaments, that’s it. And that is only if you have a kid like mine who is begging to play every week. This is more of a compromise than I want to make but, I can live with it.

PS-Thanks to Jim Setters of the German National Federation for forwarding this.

3 Responses to “Another Vote Against Year Round Hockey”

  1. Reblogged this on Blaney Performance and commented:
    Another compelling reason to develop athleticism.

  2. Wayne Gretzky
    Brenkus says: “Growing up, Gretzky used his exceptional reaction times in sports other than hockey. In his teenage years, after Gretzky batted .492 for a semipro baseball team, he caught the eye of the Toronto Blue Jays and was even offered a contract. But of course, he chose hockey and went on to become the only player in NHL history to score 200 points in a season — and he did it four times.”

    Michael Jordan
    Brenkus says: “A three-sport athlete in high school (football, basketball and baseball), the future Air Jordan was nicknamed The Rabbit for his ability to run a 40 in 4.3 seconds. As a high school pitcher, he once pitched 42 consecutive scoreless innings. Jordan scored in double digits in 1,108 out of the 1,109 games he played for the Chicago Bulls.”

    Jackie Robinson
    Brenkus says: “In his first year at UCLA, Jackie Robinson’s worst sport might have been baseball. In football, he averaged 12.2 yards per carry as the Bruins’ halfback. In basketball, he led the entire conference in scoring. And in track and field, he broke the conference long jump record and won the NCAA long jump championship. He was UCLA’s first four-letter athlete.”

    Willie Mays
    Brenkus says: “The 12-time Gold Glove winner, fourth on the all-time home run list, learned to hit a ball before he could walk. Baseball was actually his third sport, after football (quarterback and punter) and basketball, in which he led his high school team to a state championship.”

    Jim Brown
    Brenkus says: “Jim Brown is not only a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame but also the College Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He was a lacrosse second-team All-American selection in 1956 and earned first-team honors in 1957, finishing second in the nation in scoring his senior year. Considered the best all-around athlete at Syracuse, he earned 10 varsity letters in four different sports (basketball, football, lacrosse, track).”

  3. ESPN’s Greatest Athlete of All-Time contest – notice a theme about how many different sports these guys played in high school and even college and then went on to dominate their chosen sports.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/sportsnation/feature/index?page=greatestofalltime

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