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  • hockey parent
    September 28, 2012 - 07:44

    Couldn't resist commenting on this statement "There are two levels that Hockey Newfoundland cares about, and that’s senior and minor. It seems junior hockey is always left out,” O’Brien said." The other level always left out is Female Hockey.

  • Mannings Hill Monster
    September 27, 2012 - 07:42

    people in torbay wanted the league down here. There is nothing fit to watch up to the jack byrne. This fella Boland won't even be in the top 20 in scoring in that league. I heard they are paying him big bucks. This league will be bottom up by next year. Another team will be gone, greed is killing the game.

  • A spade's a spade
    September 27, 2012 - 06:45

    its the players call, the wants to play jr they can. they don't want to, they don't have to. stop trying to tell people what to do. sounds like someone didn't do any homework for this year. the mt. pearl team should be in torbay, we have nothing to watch down there now. the east league is a glorified rec league with refs.

  • Hockey fan
    September 26, 2012 - 17:55

    Its the overage players that are free to jump to Sr or remain in Jr...depending on what the player wants... no raiding going on.

  • Political Watcher
    September 26, 2012 - 15:27

    Who really cares?

  • the Snowman
    September 26, 2012 - 12:03

    Raiding the teams? It is my understanding that any player wishing to play in the NL senior hockey league has to enter a draft. Did teams force these players to email the league and enter their names? Is that raiding? I'm confused. Where you are the AGM Bern? I'm told that this was addressed and agreed upon. Is this story all because Mike O'Brien didn't prepare for when his players became too old to play. Am I mistaken that when you turn 21 you can play wherever you want, and if you want to enter the league you put your name in a draft? I'm sure that was in the telegram recently.

  • Jacob's Ladder
    September 26, 2012 - 11:54

    Stick to the mun seahawks John. What you failed to do is ask the players what they wanted to do. Didn't you read saturdays paper to read about Shane and how excited he is to make the jump to Sr. hockey, and now someone is trying to keep him from it. Does that make sense to you? Talk to your co-workers John, I'm sure Ken Oliver would've told you how happy Shane was to stop playing Jr. hockey as he's grown out of it. By the sound of all the commotion around NL in the last year regarding hockey I think it is about time some of the decision makers to move on. Bern Tobin, Jack Lee.........your names are constantly in the black and white, with nothing positive written.

  • Poakey
    September 26, 2012 - 07:48

    Is it not the whole idea of allowing older aged players to play Jr to give them the opportunity to have a game of hockey? If this over aged player has the ability to move on to the "next level", would this not give an opportunity to another youth to be developed into a Jr player that can move on to the Sr leagues? I personally find it positive to see that Jr Players have the opportunity to advance and have some competitive hockey to play here on the Island, not to mention the opportunity to make a few bucks in the process. If anything this should be a positive partnership between the Jr and Senior leagues to help develop a feeder system from league to league. Minor Hockey -> Midget AAA -> Jr -> Sr. Congrats Guys on making the step to the next league within our Provincial System. Maybe coaches, gms and league presidents should be proud of their development of players to move on instead of wanting to holid back older aged players to benefit their own teams.

  • A-Ker Man
    September 26, 2012 - 07:42

    Mr. Tobin, some points you fail to see. As per hockey Canada rules, not NL Sr hockey rules, a player who turns 21 is no longer Jr. aged. It is his choice where he wishes to play. These overage hockey players are 21 years of age, men by some standards. And you feel the need to have the power to tell them where they can play hockey? Do you tell them where they can work, what courses they can take, or what career they can pursue? When do they get the opportunity to grow up? By having overagers in your league, you are taking a game of hockey away from a 17-18 year old who is finishing his minor hockey career. Do you think after a year away from jr. hockey he's going to say as a 19 year old, yeah I'll go back playing with a team who wouldn't pick me last year because they kept a guy who was too old? NO. Is the talent pool of Jr. hockey so bad that you have to have guys that are too old playing? Where does this end? Perhaps we can let guys in their first year of university go back playing for their high school hockey teams to make them stronger. Has anyone asked Boland or Gale where they wanted to play? Ask both, they'll tell you, "In the best league available." What would they gain by dominating a Jr. league as a player who, as you stated, is too old for the league. Is this going to help develop an 18 year old in his first year of jr? As for the comment about the mt. pearl players who couldn't get a game with the NLSHL entry, they just aren't good enough. Ask them they'll tell you the same. Same reason why all of the players in the Avalon East League didn't want to play for the Herder. And what does the fact that they were looking to play in Torbay have to do with Jr. players? Grasping at straws Mr. O'Brien. There are several Jr aged players without a game in this province because you have players playing that are too old. Pot calling the kettle black. Perhaps you could bring your sentiments to the head foreman in Long Harbour. There are several local businesses that lost employees that would like them back for another year because they have to find new employees who aren't as experienced.

  • Joe
    September 26, 2012 - 07:18

    Call a spade a spade, these senior teams are only using these young guys to fill their roster at the first of the season until they get someone better. Then they string them along as spares for the rest of the season. So instead of getting a season full of games, with a ton if ice time, they resort to the stands watching... hoping to get a shift. Bern... I wouldn't be talking out of both sides of your mouth. Aren't you the one trying to force HNL to put the Central West Junior Hockey League down to Junior C to keep those kids from playing for the Veitch? You're pull the same garbage the NSHL done to the AESHL. You aren't too much different from them.

  • Marcus
    September 26, 2012 - 06:59

    With the IceCaps franchise doing such a great job of giving back to the community, does anyone even watch senior or junior hockey anymore? Must be some boring watching a senior or junior game after watching an IceCaps game.

  • Ask da Players
    September 26, 2012 - 06:55

    Where do the players want to play? Shouldn't they have a stay. Obviously if they wnated to play Junior hockey they would still be there. I have no issue with this as it will make room for some other up and comers to play in the junior league. Grow up gentleman, we are sick of hearing the whining in senior hockey ranks...