Role players are part
of the game. Nothing excites the fans faster than a big hit that results in a
quick goal. It is like a double-shot of excitement. Everybody is happy at the
post-game party after a team effort win.
Mucker - A physical
player who lacks finesse but gets the job done by forechecking, working the
boards, etc. He is not afraid to do the dirty work. Usually used
interchangeably or in connection with grinder.
Grinder - A player
who digs deep, hustles to make plays. Usually better known for checking and
disruption rather than scoring ability. Like a lineman in football, he works
hard but rarely gets recognized for his hard work.
Panty Dropper - The
pretty boy, hot-dog, glory hound, and highly touted. He expects the right pass,
his line mates are more like a supporting cast. Scores a ton of points but can
end the season with a plus/minus rating of EVEN.
Everybody has a role
in hockey, as we do in life. The building process of any team (or business)
must include a strong foundation, a good work ethic, and a system everybody
buys into. The problem is that we all are attracted to success, the flash bulbs,
and the 100-point sniper. Every team needs go-to guys, don"t get me wrong,
but teams are better off with four 40-pointers peppered onto three lines than a
single guy racking up 100.
The Pantydroppers are
not great for team chemistry but they are sometimes a necessary evil. Style
points do not get onto the score sheet, and it is hard to get a pantydropper to
back-check. The coach has to break down the tendencies to be a cherrypicker and
get the player to be a force in all three zones. A coach that can do this will
always be successful. Every pantydropper that transitions into being a stud is
always thankful for the coach that broke him.
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