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#1 canucks since 77

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:57 PM

Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador has slapped a junior hockey coach with a one-year suspension for allowing his players to study for exams instead of attending the opening ceremony for a recent tournament.

In addition to coach Brian Cranford’s suspension, the Mount Pearl Junior Blades team was fined $2,000 by hockey’s governing body in the province.

“We had a good reason for not going,” Cranford told CBC News. “We’re right in the middle of university exams.”

Cranford — who actually received an award from Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador last year — says it was hard enough getting his players out for the games, never mind the opening ceremonies.

"These are junior kids, they’re 18, 19, 20 years old,” Cranford said. “Because of our schedule, we had real issues trying to get a team iced for every game."

Cranford says he gave notice that the team wouldn’t be able to make it to the ceremony.

But that wasn’t good enough for the organizing committee.

Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador president Jack Lee says the rules were clear — teams in the tournament had to be there from start to finish.

Cranford and the team appealed the suspension and fine, and lost.

The volunteer coach has hired a lawyer, and now plans to take the matter to Hockey Canada.

Hockey is more important than education?
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 06:06 PM

Hope Hockey Canada does something. Why would you ban the coach for a year and fine the team that much just for missing an opening ceremony? Jack Lee should use some common sense.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 06:12 PM

One of the heads of Hockey Canada is Jim Travliving who of course owns Boston Pizza and Mr.Lube. He seems like a standup guy who would do the right thing.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 06:15 PM

that's a load of bs right there. when has sports taken precedence over education? education is always the priority.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 06:19 PM

that's a load of bs right there. when has sports taken precedence over education? education is always the priority.

Exactly.

People don't realize that education is always more important that sport at the end of the day (unless of course, you're at the top tier professional level).

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 06:19 PM

I have a feeling there are a lot of P.O'd parents in silly land right now. And out of all those players, what are the odds of making the big league? Sure, every parent dreams their son will make it to the NHL, but lets be realistic, no education = no hope. Unless your dream is to be compost.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 06:40 PM

Exactly.

People don't realize that education is always more important that sport at the end of the day (unless of course, you're at the top tier professional level).


Exactly. Unless you know for 100% that you are going to be in the NHL and have a good long career with big money. There is never a point in time where hockey should come above education

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 06:42 PM

Pretty much with everyone else. Unless you're going to the NHL and sticking there, you should probably have some sort of real world education
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 07:08 PM

The guy who suspended a coach must be uneducated!!!
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 09:02 PM

Exactly.

People don't realize that education is always more important that sport at the end of the day (unless of course, you're at the top tier professional level).


And it was only an opening ceremony, not a game or something of any significance.
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 10:01 PM

Note: he's a volunteer coach only.
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 10:15 PM

Terrible decision. How can you blame the players for skipping a meaningless opening ceremony to study for exams that could make a big difference to their future. It wasn't even a real game. The rules may have been clear, but sometimes you have to flexible and let common sense overrule the policies.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 10:18 PM

I just feel bad for all the other players who probably needed to study but were forced to go.
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 10:20 PM

Good. Hockey always comes first. No exceptions. Throw the book at him.

Edited by Jagermeister, 10 June 2012 - 10:20 PM.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 10:22 PM

Good. Hockey always comes first. No exceptions. Throw the book at him.


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Posted 10 June 2012 - 10:23 PM

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 10:40 PM

We not even talkin bout practice.
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 11:01 PM

Good. Hockey always comes first. No exceptions. Throw the book at him.


I see what you did there.
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 11:05 PM

I see what you did there.


What? I'm being dead serious. Hockey is the most important thing in life.
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 11:12 PM

What? I'm being dead serious. Hockey is the most important thing in life.


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Posted 11 June 2012 - 01:09 AM

Hope Hockey Canada does something. Why would you ban the coach for a year and fine the team that much just for missing an opening ceremony? Jack Lee should use some common sense.


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Posted 11 June 2012 - 11:12 AM

Are you saying I can be used?


Sadly, people don't use you enough. :frantic:
People who label others as bandwagoners, people who tell other people "how" to cheer for their team, "how" they should act or what they should wear to "support" their team, people who only want to hear positive thoughts and don't want to read about how the team can do better - these are people who are insecure and uncomfortable within their own skin.

I'll support my team the way I choose, thank you very much. You can choose to support your team the way you want to, and I won't judge you on it as long as you don't try to force your beliefs on me. I'll also be quick to point out where I think the team can do better, because identifying that there is a problem is the first step to fixing it; denying or ignoring a problem won't solve anything.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 11:22 AM

This whole thing is nuts. Somebody has their priorities all screwed up here.

Since when do you fine a kids' team for not attending a ceremony so they can study?
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Posted 11 June 2012 - 12:50 PM

Sadly, people don't use you enough. :frantic:


I'll have to rectify that.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 04:20 PM

Can study After ceremony 1 year suspension is harsh though.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 08:41 AM

so basically hockey is more important than an education. An education which will be hugely important and crucial to an individual's life when they don't make the NHL?

Chances of anyone making the NHL is extremely hard. I love hockey but as far as I'm concerned education comes first. I don't really know how it works (UK fan) but the way it should be is you have to obtain and keep a certain grade to play hockey.

For example, I would say(or assume) a C should be the mark that most people get. That mark should be kept with athlete's and if they ever get below that they get suspended (from games) until their mark goes up again.
Ideally this would encourage students to focus more on their studies, and if they are good at hockey they will have a back-up option if something fails.
(just my opinion of course).

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:01 PM

Pretty much with everyone else. Unless you're going to the NHL and sticking there, you should probably have some sort of real world education

I would say, no matter if you're going to the NHL or not, you need an education. Professional sports are filled with athletes that made too much money when they were young, squandered it, and have very little saleable skills after sports.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:07 PM

that's a load of bs right there. when has sports taken precedence over education? education is always the priority.


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Posted 13 June 2012 - 01:28 PM

One of the heads of Hockey Canada is Jim Travliving who of course owns Boston Pizza and Mr.Lube. He seems like a standup guy who would do the right thing.


Boston Pizza and Mr. Lube hire high school drop outs. He just wants to expand the uneducated workforce.

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