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Published: Friday, 27 Sep 2019  
By: Stephen Heisler,

It's just a few weeks into the young season and we're already hearing about coaches hitting the panic button. You know the one that just now realizes they have come up a bit short.

Imagine the frustration of a young player when he hears the coach say this to the team; "O.K. boys listen up. If you have any skater buddies back home that want to play, have them call me. We have to have more skaters right now or risk having to fold the team."

What an absolute peanut brain move.

This after all players have made a substantial investment of time, money, and faith. This after promising individual players that there are more guys coming from the higher level league next week as trickle down cuts begin to shape rosters.

So what is any player, family, and/or advisor to do in such situations? The smart ones have to make sure there is still a Plan B, C, and D. If a coach wanted to destroy the confidence and bond of a group of players, making a threat, to fold the team if more skaters don't fall off the back of a peanut truck, will always do the trick.

Really now coach? Why would any player try to recruit his "friends" to a team where the coach has to resort to getting players to do his job for him? It's not like the coach has a cheap owner that did not spend the money to get the coach to various camps and showcases. That money was spent. The coach also had access to multiple lists of players all summer. So what's the deal?

Maybe a mix of over-confidence and under-delivery? The boys in town were loving everything about the team; the community, billets, swag and development has been on-point. Again, what was the coaching thinking?

Instead of getting a few more players to fill in, and maybe actually making a run at serious on-ice success, the coach has the bulk of his team knocking down doors to get other opportunities. 

The real issue comes down to not knowing when to shut one's mouth. Does the team owner know his coach is resorting to threatening the players into helping, or else? Yea right. 

As a result of this peanut brain move, I now have to scramble. Just in case. The conversation that has to take place with the operator should be a winner as well.

Peanuts, get your peanuts here.  

Author: Stephen Heisler from
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with Victorious Hockey Company. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.

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