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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Wednesday News

Former Texas Tornado assistant coach Tom Murphy heads up US 287 and becomes the assistant coach in Wichita Falls...

Chilliwack Bruins name Garry Pochipinski director of scouting...

Sheldon Ferguson bails from position after a week and Don Edwards named Saginaw Spirit GM...

USHL releases schedule...

Everett Silvertips hire Chris Walker as trainer...

Niagara IceDogs work out for first time in new home...

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:02 PM, July 10, 2007) : 

I have a question. How much does a USHL/NAHL Head Coach/Assistant Coach/Trainer roughly make a year? And is it easy to have another Job while being a coach/trainer or is it impossible? Much appreciated.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:34 PM, July 10, 2007) : 

Marc,

Thanks for a new post! It was getting old reading all the posts with the postmortems on the Tier III decision. Net Net, the majority of the players in all of the Junior Leagues whether they go on to D-1 or D-3 end up with the rest of us in the old man / beer leagues by the time they are 23 anyway.In the overall scheme of things it really doesn't matter where they play and at what level. It's just Hockey!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:41 PM, July 10, 2007) : 

It does matter where you play and what level it is if you are very passionate about the game. Oh yeah the scholarships at the D1 level does not hurt either. Last time a checked a slim few of those D1 kids go pro.

Junior fan

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:03 AM, July 11, 2007) : 

Once again, the USHL release has Gino bragging about how the schedule keeps education in mind.

While I applaud the league for the unbalanced schedule, the number of week day games continues to be unacceptable, IMO.

GB has weeknight (non holiday) away games at Indiana (twice) and hosts three such games (Waterloo twice and CR once). The closest any of those are is 5.5 hours.

Drop the schedule to 54 games and eliminate these weeknight games. They don't draw well anyway and only hurt academics for those in HS and taking college classes.

-gbpuckfan

 

Blogger Ryan said ... (2:58 AM, July 12, 2007) : 

Having a few weeknight games isn't going to kill a kid's grades. They have been in the same situation for most of their lives and if they aren't able to manage their time, maybe they should stick to low level house leagues close to home.

There seem to be a few more weekday games this year. I have no problem with that because if they didn't insert more weekday games, we would probably have to go through the playoff system of this past season again. And I know you weren't a fan of that little experiment.

Just be thankful the USHL plays a majority of their games on the weekend and doesn't have a schedule similar to the NHL with games nearly every day of the week.

I just don't see the weeknight games scheduled as a big deal. Maybe kids in GB aren't able to manage their time and get their work and/or studies taken care of. Regardless, these kids KNOW what they are getting into. The ones that probably get behind in class are probably too immature for Junior A level anyways.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:50 AM, July 12, 2007) : 

I agree, the kids need to be able to manage their time. But for the league to brag about concern for education when making such scheduling I find tough to handle.

And remember, for teams like GB, IND, OHIO, long weeknight trips disrupt 2 days of schools - one missed, one tired. WAT/CR, OMA/LIN, aren't affected nearly as much.

However, the league did just fine with a 48 game schedule. And a 52 game schedule. And a 54 game schedule. What's so magical about 60?

3 games against the "other division", 7 games against in-division, plus and 8th against in-division = 54 games.

4 games out division + 6 games in division = 54.

And, you really don't address that most teams don't draw well on weeknights.

As for playoffs, the Gold Cup used to be first weekend in May. Without that, an extra week in the schedule was gained - and when there was Gold Cup we had best of 7s, not 5s.

-gbpuckfan

-gbpuckfan

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:54 PM, July 12, 2007) : 

"I have a question. How much does a USHL/NAHL Head Coach/Assistant Coach/Trainer roughly make a year? And is it easy to have another Job while being a coach/trainer or is it impossible? Much appreciated."


Anyone know? Thanks

 

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