Dan Daikawa played for Miami of Ohio and he is a very well-respected guy. With all due respect Stephen, let's see what happens before jumping to conclusions.
We already saw what happened last year... a gong show.
posted Aug. 17th, 2012 - 8:18am
Hockey SP says:
....and a gong show before that season and a gong show before that season........
Lori, Stephen H is dead on here. I was there when the Jamestown Ironmen were the Motor City Metal Jackets and owned by Kenji Yamada. I seen all this happen! Former players are still friends of mine. I could add about 2 more pages to the above problems that Stephen listed!
I'm pretty sure Coach Dan is getting frustrated at this point.
Maybe a gong show, but the Ironmen had more players drafted to the USHL than any other NAHL team. The reason being, USHL coaches believe Daikawa does a good job in developing players. Still though, if Yamada is indeed playing around with this, one would have to believe that he has been doing so as long as he has owned the team.
Lori, playing and coaching are two completely different sets of skills. Just because a guy tore it up on the ice doesn't mean that he has the ability to pass on that knowledge to the players and create a team. There is also a major difference between being a college club coach and being a junior hockey coach and Mr. Daikawa hasn't been able to figure that out. Unless they do something different the Jamestown franchise will continue to be the joke of the NAHL. I agree with Stephen it is time for Yamada to quit messing with players' lives and either run the team right or get off of the playground and let the big kids play.
All I am saying is instead of assuming that you are right...which you very well could be...let's see if the team has turned around. Look at Port Huron last year (and now this year). I agree that the owner shouldn't be on the ice with the team, but ultimately the players are the ones who have to work to get scouted, etc. You guys all may be right, but on the other hand, it would be nice to be wrong.
posted Aug. 18th, 2012 - 8:23am
Hockey SP says:
It's hard to get better when the owner is on your line for breakout and flow drills. He's not that good of a skater. Trust me, it disrupts practice.
PH was bad that season cause they started late. They use the whole season to evaluate players, kind of like a year long training camp. When last season started, they had all their ducks in a row.
Basically by bringing up PH you've proved the point that there's something wrong in Jamestown. PH went from worst to first without the owner on the ice.
Very well stated. You speak from experience and I will take your word with regards to how the Jamestown franchise conducts on-ice business.
I only brought up PH because I am familiar with their track record. My only issue with any of this is that you guys are all jumping on a team that hasn't even formed completely yet. I have no idea how this team will do, but I do know that I don't judge the future by the past, nor would I want to be scrutinized like that in my own life. Again, let's see what happens
Yamada, however, is the past and the present. And the immediate future.
posted Aug. 19th, 2012 - 7:09am
Hockey SP says:
There's an established track record here and its not good. The only way to make an assessment of the future is to look in the past. History tends to repeat itself.
However, I do appreciate your opinion and the fact that you want to give them a fresh start.
I do believe you'll be disappointed in the end result though
Folks I have watched this thread from its inception and I have no interest in throwing an individual or program under the bus because no matter what it would appear to be sour grapes. What I can tell you from an experienced perspective of the situation is this. Rich Tremblay is a professional, experienced, objective, up front guy that I enjoyed working with every day he was involved with the team in question. Not only did he give more than ever expected or compensated for and always had the team put first ahead of himself, his business and in some cases his family just to help the cause. I respect Rich Tremblay impecably. My suggestion to the readers concerned about the comments made on this paticular forum is pretty simple. If Rich Tremblay has taken the time to convey his feelings or experience related to a situation I would guarantee that there is no fabrication, or misleading intention but only the truth, you can take what he says to the bank in my opinion. If a player has related a concern or comment to him it is because the players respect him as well. Just my ten cents on this situation. Time will tell the truth. Regards David
posted Aug. 20th, 2012 - 6:45am
Hockey SP says:
Thank you Coach! Means a lot to me
As the situation settled down in Trenton I had time to reflect on that season and I came to realize that you were in a tough situation when it came to the ownership, a no-win one.
The boys respected you as their coach and father figure but they were very frustrated with the owner, i.e. skating during practice, RJ situation, talking during intermission, etc. This why the situation will be the same in Jamestown, the athletes now are feeling the same as the years past.
Even though you and I had our eventful meetings, haha, I always respected you and the job you had. You always had an open door policy and offered the environment to speak our minds. You gave me the opportunity to train your team and I thank you for that. I did the best that I could with the environment that I was provided with.
Hope all is well with your family and let me know if you want to add an off-ice component with your new adventure
I stand corrected...and I should have known better!
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