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Daily Dish: Always Cut the Thief Junior Hockey News

Published: Monday, 4 May 2020  
By: Stephen Heisler,

This article is going to touch on a subject that most of us have experienced. A player stealing team equipment or uniforms.

In this particular case, the player entered the private residence of the general manager, with another player that had been staying there, and helped himself to a pair of jerseys. Now, it should not matter what the item stolen was, it is the principle of the situation.

The player was arguably one of the top players in camp, but character is more valuable than any one player's level of talent. Dishonesty is always unacceptable and a thief is a thief.

The player is no longer a part of the program, and the team has moved on. But is that the acceptable ending to the story? Should it be? What are we telling the team, and player, about the consequences of such actions? We are talking about a crime here, minor as it is, it is still a criminal act.

Should the police have been called?  Would that interaction with law enforcement drive home the seriousness of the situation? Would such interaction adjust the player's pattern of behavior?

Some are going to instantly say that the other player is equally at fault. In most cases, I would agree with you. In this situation, the other guy is also the new guy, and did not want the snitch label attached to his name for the remainder of the season. Understandable, he is new, the thief was a veteran. That label is tough to shake and nobody wants it.

The thief is also stupid. He bragged of his accomplishment to the coach, like it was a badge of glory. "Hey coach, look what I snagged from the GM's house." It would be fair to say that this player will not be entering the police academy.  Needless to say, the coach was less than amused and that was the end of that.

My position is simple, if the kid is willing to steal jerseys; he is also willing to steal just about anything else. That label should follow him everywhere. If the GM goes to the police, the theft will be a part of the player's permanent record, as it should be.

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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