To the Editor: Prep hockey behavior upsets parent
Written by Michael Martinez   
Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:18
I had the privilege this past November to attend my nephew's high school hockey team play at BGSU.
I realize hockey can be a very physical and aggressive game. However, I was very disappointed with the outright bad behavior of so many of the players. I watched in amazement, players who would watch the referees and when they were sure they wouldn't be seen slam their hockey sticks across the back of the opposing team players. Tripping, slamming players into the wall of opposing team players was the norm for a small percentage of players.
My biggest complaint would have to be the coaches. If I could see the same players in a game playing dirty throughout the game, there is no reason an experienced coach could possibly miss this behavior. The parents need to hold these coaches accountable.
These kids need to be pulled from the game, reprimanded for unsportsmanship behavior, and if they can't control their aggression; be given time off the team to think about it.
All this talk about kids being uncontrollable, disrespectful and aggressive is only being reinforced by these coaches who you entrust your kids to. Eastwood High School is my alma mater and I hate to admit it was the worst offender I saw.
Come on coaches, these are not professional players you're dealing with; your true job is to teach your players good sportsmanship and fair play. After all isn't this we all want our kids to grow up to believe in?
Michael Martinez
Kent, Wash.

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