MIKE TOTH

Will lawsuits ruin junior hockey?

Posted By: Mike Toth · 10/22/2014 8:05:00 AM

There's an entertaining new hockey book on the market right now. It's called "Showtime" by Ed Arnold, a behind-the-scenes look at the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League.
 
Most of the junior kids come out looking pretty good; a hard working group of young hockey players who are proud of the Petes great tradition and feel privileged to wear the team's famous maroon and white jerseys. But a few of the Petes come across as selfish individuals, more concerned with personal stats and focused on their own NHL dreams at the expense of teen-age teammates. The book, in fact, quotes a number of Petes officials, coaches, former players and media members who say the biggest difference in junior hockey over the last 20 years is the sense of "entitlement" among many of today's players.
 
"Showtime" documents a season in the life of the 2012-13 Peterborough Petes, but ...

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