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In Topic: Here we go again. New goal song for 14-15

16 October 2014 - 12:37 AM



This is actually the song...

I like this.  I'd rather have something original than some lame mainstream song that will sound outdated in five years.  I am on the fence about the recorded "Let's go Devils" though.  I've always found it lame that the Rangers had that in an otherwise awesome goal song, and I feel the same about this one, but if it remains in the final product I can live with it and I think it is more universally appealing than all other suggestions I've seen.

In Topic: Zach Parise Says 2012 Cup Run Was "Surreal", Talks Brodeur

11 October 2014 - 03:42 PM

You misunderstood. These tournaments require you to stay in a particular hotel to be eligible to play. Doesn't matter if you're within driving distance or whatever. If you want to play, you HAVE to stay in that hotel. It's absolutely ridiculous because it's just so the people holding the tournament can get kickbacks from the hotel.

Oh wow, yeah that is even more outrageous.  Why don't teams that are within driving distance refuse to play in those tournaments?  Are there no other tournaments around at that skill level?

In Topic: Zach Parise Says 2012 Cup Run Was "Surreal", Talks Brodeur

11 October 2014 - 01:34 PM

Pretty sure that number included moving their entire family to an area with higher quality hockey teams. $20k/year is not that far fetched though. It's not cheap to travel. Last year my brother played on a tournament in Edmonton. A week in a hotel, food, rental car, round trip plane tickets for two people. That's not cheap. Had my father gone with his wife and my brother, it would have cost even more. That trip alone was probably in the neighborhood of $1000.

My Dad constantly complains about how all the tournaments are now what they call, "stay to play", meaning that if you want to play in the tournament, you have to stay on a particular hotel. That's ridiculous and I'm sure these aren't exactly budget hotels either.

Makes sense.  The travel teams at the rink I work at only go to tournaments that are driving distance, but if they had to fly out to places and and stay in expensive hotels I can see the costs being drastically higher.


There's actually a decent amount out here on long island, in fact another sports facility that will have a house roller hockey league is just being built and will be open in november. I've been playing since 4th grade and still playing. Actually hockey in general has grown alot on li. Also got some places that strictly do deck hockey.

The roller hockey scene in Long Island is great.  I play on a semi-pro roller team now and we tend to get crushed by the Long Island teams because many of them have been playing together since they were kids, and they still have strong youth travel roller hockey programs.  In New Jersey, there used to be a lot of youth travel roller teams when I was growing up but now I can only name two throughout the entire state, and the in-house youth roller league I played in which had probably over 20 teams across various age divisions is now down to one league for all ages that has only four teams, and the coaches have to coordinate matching up the "big kids" line against the other team's "big kids" line so you don't end up with a 15 year old lining up against a 7 year old.  Long Island even has high school roller hockey, while my high school didn't even get an ice hockey team until after I graduated.

In Topic: BEER

11 October 2014 - 01:46 AM

If you're going to be in San Diego, I suggest checking out Stone in Escondido.  It's about a half hour north on I-15.  Do you have an approximate route mapped out for the drive back?  Also, I know you aren't a fan of the user ratings/reviews on beeradvocate.com, but that website is a very good source for finding worthy beer locations when traveling.

In Topic: Zach Parise Says 2012 Cup Run Was "Surreal", Talks Brodeur

11 October 2014 - 01:37 AM

My Dad showed me a book he was reading about the cost of youth hockey. In it there was a bit about Matt Duchene. His parents estimated the cost of him playing hockey as a kid at $300k.

To be fair though, players that make it to the NHL aren't a fair representation of costs for most people.  The kids at that level probably incur higher team tuition costs and also most likely attend expensive clinics and especially private lessons very often, and their private lessons are probably with some highly-regarded coaches that charge top dollar.  I still find the estimate of $300k to be hard to figure out though.  Assuming we are talking about ages 5-18, that's over $20,000 a year.  Even if the team costs $5000 to be a part of and you're spending an unrealistically excessive $2000 on new equipment every year (which was considerably more affordable when he was growing up compared to now), I don't think the costs of lessons, clinics, and even gas for traveling etc, would average out to 20k a year.  Don't get me wrong, it is certainly an expensive sport though.