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Zamboni operator arrested for allegedly driving drunk at Minnesota rink

Today's hockey-related News of the Weird and Tragic: While Dornstreich was working with a referee, a parent ran over to say that the rink attendant was "weaving all over, slurring his words." By the time that conversation was done, Dornstreich said, the man was already backing the Zamboni onto the ice. And not very well, Dornstreich said.... People have been arrested in Minnesota for driving under the influence on everything from a souped-up motorized recliner to a farm tractor. State law says a DWI can result from driving any kind of a motorized vehicle, pretty much anywhere -- a forklift driver at work, a Bobcat driver plowing city sidewalks, a riding lawn mower in a yard. Stick tap: Neatorama

Arizona Youth Hockey Is Trying To Catch Up

Arizona Youth Hockey lags behind Florida

Florida Youth Hockey Surges

Though it's a running gag amongst Canadian hockey fans, Florida's youth hockey programs are on the rise.

Tuesday night link dump and open thread

Our weekly open thread and link dujmp commences NOW! We're talking Gagne, we're talking Lightning, we're talking, and talking, and talking, and talking, and....

Introduce checking earlier, not later

"It’s a better skill to teach while kids are all relatively the same size and skill level – and when they are too small to hurt each other – than to open it up in their early teens when size varies and aggression is considered funny. If you teach hitting from the beginning, by the time the kids turn 12, 13, 14, bodychecking isn’t something awkward or new and ‘Johnny 6-foot-2’ doesn’t have something to prove." Interesting piece by Rory Boylen at THN. I've wondered about this before, as I think players arrive as adolescents and adults with wildly different definitions of what a clean check is. But god knows it's a tough sell to make things more dangerous for the children -- even if that's just a misperception.
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