Sorry, I’ve been a little lax in my posting lately.
As you know, I’m in a beginner inline hockey league. This season, an existing team dropped out of the league and a brand new team (no carry-over players) joined up. This new team is comprised of a bunch of young guys (19-22 years old) that all used to play soccer together. In addition, a number of them are ex-military. To summarize, these guys are all in great shape but none are all that bright!
They constantly claim they have NEVER played hockey together. If that is the case, why can half of them handle the puck like they have been playing since they were wee lads? Why do half of them have matching ice hockey socks when you don’t need them for inline hockey? The first game we played against them, their energy simply overwhelmed us. It’s hard for a team that has a handful of 40 year olds to keep up with a team ten-deep of youngins! I received additional confirmation that some of these guys have played in an ice league before when I was CHECKED INTO THE BOARDS. Hello, this is and always has been a no-contact league. WTF.
The second game really took the cake though! Their entire team was using shoulders, elbows, harsh poke checks and some tripping, but usually when the ref had his back turned. I started using my usual line “Play the puck, not the body!” and they started to mock me. When they checked one of my female players onto her ass, I started to get into it with their captain. I think he was chosen to be captain just because he had the largest ego. I shouldn’t hear things like “Come on, I can take you”, “You’ve got nothing”, “Let’s take this outside”, not in this league.
Though it should have been an immediate game suspension, they dropped their gloves TWICE during the game to fight. Twice. Unbelievable. I’ll be honest, my level of play was reduced because I was so angry with these guys. I never did retaliate though.
During the game, I started to make a comment on how this was very indicative of a poor military boy attidude, but I think some of my teammates may be ex-military or have relatives that are. It just wasn’t worth making the comment.