I was listening to the Fan this morning and I was treated to a 90 second diatribe by Don Cherry attacking hockey parents who take their kids away on March break.
Cherry calls anyone who takes their kid away from their hockey team for a couple of games during March break, "selfish rats."
Don says if you make a commitment to a hockey team you have no right to leave for a few days in March, it sets a bad example and sends the wrong message to your team mates and any parent that would even consider it, is a "selfish rat."
I've heard Cherry says some pretty ridiculous things in the past, but this has to be close to the top of the list. This mentality is represents everything that is wrong with minor hockey.
I thought the prevailing attitude today was that hockey is not supposed to overtake a youngsters life. Minor hockey has become too serious, it's turned into big business and robbed a lot of kids of the pure fun of it.
How ridiculous to think that a family has to come to a complete halt because one of the kids is playing on a hockey team.
What if the family has more than one kid? Are those kids not entitled to a holiday? What about mom and dad? Are they not entitled to a holiday?
How about this idea? How about minor hockey leagues getting together and shutting down for a week during March break?
I think this would put everything into proper perspective. It would allow parents to go ahead and make plans without having the "Don Cherry's" of the world calling them "selfish rats," but more importantly it would send this message.
It's only a bloody hockey game.