As a young and foolish hockey coach I used to believe the best way to get from the dressing room to my vehicle following a hockey game was through the lobby. Big mistake. What I know now that I should have known then was it would have been a better idea to wait until every player and parent had vacated the premises, or found myself a parachute, a convertible, and some night-vision goggles so I could jump off the roof into a getaway car.
Hindsight is 20/20 I guess. The problem we’ve all faced is that walking through the lobby or parking lot after a win is no problem. But if you wade through the mob to receive pats on the back after a win, you damn sure better do it after a loss. That’s why I’d choose neither if I was in the position again.
Because they all want a piece of you. If the team lost it’s your fault, even as it’s the players’ achievement if you won. Them’s the rules, you knew what you were signing up for.
1. WTF Were You Thinking?
Frustration, rage, inappropriateness – it’s all covered here in this classic entry into the most important questions a hockey parent is dying to ask their child’s coach. The thing most parents forget is that most coaches ask themselves this question. Why did I have that player on the ice for a 5on3? Why didn’t I start the other guy? And that’s only after a loss.
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