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#1 PromoTheRobot

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 04:04 PM

http://www.getsporti...ed-with-hockey/

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#2 Andrew Amerk

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 04:17 PM

View PostPromoTheRobot, on 03 May 2014 - 04:04 PM, said:


Thank you for posting this.

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 04:27 PM

Great read. And he's right, it's true in all areas. If you hate what you're doing find a way to do something else.

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 09:22 PM

Great perspective from a player selected outside the first two rounds.  You don't hear those stories first-hand that often.  Some good takeaways from that one.

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 11:07 PM

thanks for posting!

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 01:41 AM

Soooo.......what does this dude actually do that he loves?

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 05:22 AM

View PostGhost of Dwight Drane, on 04 May 2014 - 01:41 AM, said:

Soooo.......what does this dude actually do that he loves?

Colors.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 06:31 AM

Unfortunately, no matter how much you enjoy doing something, when it becomes a job, it becomes "work".  There are pressures, politics, demands, etc., that come along with being paid that make it nearly impossible to be just fun.  My first real job was a dream situation; a kid in a candy shop.  It became work pretty quickly.

That said, he wasn't being asked to be a skill player anymore, but was instead risking his long-term health (especially with concussions), so it's understandable why he walked away.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 08:59 AM

It seems I've read this story before.  I swear it's been posted here in the past, maybe a few months ago?

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 10:02 AM

View Postweave, on 04 May 2014 - 08:59 AM, said:

It seems I've read this story before.  I swear it's been posted here in the past, maybe a few months ago?

I think so too.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 10:20 AM

View PostEleven, on 04 May 2014 - 10:02 AM, said:

I think so too.

Maybe even earlier than a few months.  I think it pre-dated the return of Ted Nolan.  I recall reading the article and thinking of Drew Stafford.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 10:21 AM

View Postweave, on 04 May 2014 - 10:20 AM, said:

Maybe even earlier than a few months.  I think it pre-dated the return of Ted Nolan.  I recall reading the article and thinking of Drew Stafford.

It's dated Feb. 18, 2014 though.  Maybe it was updated?  Or there was another article?

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 10:43 AM

It is much easier for most of us to put the political aspect of a job like that in perspective and keep our nose to the grindstone than a 20 year old college kid. I remember having that type of point of view when I was his age...

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 11:21 AM

i NEED to know if this article was posted in a different thread so then we could all yell at promo for creating this thread when its being discussed ELSEWHERE....er.... somewhere...maybe.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 02:02 PM

Weird that he didn't mention his hearing impairment in that article.

"Sutch, the Sarnia Sting’s rookie wrecking ball, was born with what doctors term “severe to profound” hearing loss. He uses a hearing aid in each ear to help amplify sound, but finds that once he’s on the ice his biggest asset is his finely honed hockey sense."

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 02:57 PM

View PostAndrew Amerk, on 04 May 2014 - 02:02 PM, said:

"He uses a hearing aid in each ear to help amplify sound, but finds that once he’s on the ice his biggest asset is his finely honed hockey sense."

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 03:33 PM

View PostIKnowPhysics, on 04 May 2014 - 02:57 PM, said:

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 06:28 PM

It's kind of like Jason Bonsignore all over again.

Only difference is, Bonsignore was drafted much higher, 4th overall to be exact. He went from sure-fire stud, to a total bust.
http://kuklaskorner....n_edmonton_down


*EDIT: Here is another good read about him, mentions how Kevin Prendergast was really there for him and tried to help him.
http://oilersnation....edmonton-oilers

Edited by Bob Malooga, 04 May 2014 - 06:35 PM.


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Posted 04 May 2014 - 07:54 PM

View PostBob Malooga, on 04 May 2014 - 06:28 PM, said:

It's kind of like Jason Bonsignore all over again.

Only difference is, Bonsignore was drafted much higher, 4th overall to be exact. He went from sure-fire stud, to a total bust.
http://kuklaskorner....n_edmonton_down


*EDIT: Here is another good read about him, mentions how Kevin Prendergast was really there for him and tried to help him.
http://oilersnation....edmonton-oilers

Jason never went anywhere because he was too busy with heavy drugs after he got paid.

That, and driving all around Rochester in his (then) brand new Dodge Viper.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 07:57 PM

View Postd4rksabre, on 04 May 2014 - 03:33 PM, said:



One ping only Vasily.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 09:15 PM

View PostAndrew Amerk, on 04 May 2014 - 07:54 PM, said:

Jason never went anywhere because he was too busy with heavy drugs after he got paid.

That, and driving all around Rochester in his (then) brand new Dodge Viper.
While I can't comment on the booger sugar, (like he'd be the first rich athlete to like the smell of it) if a dodge viper was his version of big timing it, I'm glad buffalo didn't have the chance to draft him.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 09:38 PM

View Postinkman, on 04 May 2014 - 09:15 PM, said:


While I can't comment on the booger sugar, (like he'd be the first rich athlete to like the smell of it) if a dodge viper was his version of big timing it, I'm glad buffalo didn't have the chance to draft him.

Idk. I remember older kids that I knew who hung out with him telling me that he was heavy into the nose candy, and was seriously neglecting doing any conditioning or working out after he got his money.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 09:55 PM

View PostAndrew Amerk, on 04 May 2014 - 09:38 PM, said:

Idk. I remember older kids that I knew who hung out with him telling me that he was heavy into the nose candy, and was seriously neglecting doing any conditioning or working out after he got his money.
Like I said, just glad the Sabres never had the chance to draft him

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 01:51 AM

Is it really that big a deal that it may have been posted previously?

Thanks Promo.......... I missed it the first time around.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 04:54 AM

View PostJJFIVEOH, on 05 May 2014 - 01:51 AM, said:

Is it really that big a deal that it may have been posted previously?

Thanks Promo.......... I missed it the first time around.

I didn't mean for it to sound like I was complaining that I've seen it here before.  it was more of a , am I nuts or has this been posted before kind of thing.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 07:38 AM

more than half this discussion is whether this has been posted previously or not. Who cares? I read it for the first time and got something out of it. It's tough being a pro hockey player, especially when you come up in a certain role, a scorer, and get forced into being a grinder.  I wish the kid and countless others we never hear about had the power to  be able to go to a different organization where he could play his role. But the concussions and shoulder problems, I can really relate to that. It's the luck of the draw, all things being equal.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 08:04 AM

"As I got older, it started getting more serious each year, more business-like."

"...trying to change the way I lived; cutting my internet off when I’m trying to do homework, take my cell phone away, and eat foods that I had no desire to eat."

Blah, blah, blah. Yeah, he'll go far in the real world, won't he.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 08:53 AM

Sutchy. Man I cannot stand hockey nicknames

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 10:12 AM

View Post\GoBillsInDallas/, on 05 May 2014 - 08:04 AM, said:

"As I got older, it started getting more serious each year, more business-like."

"...trying to change the way I lived; cutting my internet off when I’m trying to do homework, take my cell phone away, and eat foods that I had no desire to eat."

Blah, blah, blah. Yeah, he'll go far in the real world, won't he.

That's why I asked....what is he doing now? Looks like he is a trainer at LA Fitness or something....

Yeah...it's tough having all that pressure heaped on you....sort of like a 16 year old taking 5 AP classes and being expected to have a 99 average so they can get into an Ivy League school and follow in their father's footsteps to become a surgeon. But I understand......it's a lot harder going in circles on frozen water with a six figure check every month as you get to fingerblast the prom queen and push yourself on those who don't think you're a god.....



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Posted 05 May 2014 - 10:25 AM

View Postweave, on 05 May 2014 - 04:54 AM, said:

I didn't mean for it to sound like I was complaining that I've seen it here before.  it was more of a , am I nuts or has this been posted before kind of thing.

Same.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 10:30 AM

View PostGhost of Dwight Drane, on 05 May 2014 - 10:12 AM, said:

That's why I asked....what is he doing now? Looks like he is a trainer at LA Fitness or something....

He was playing at a Canadian college, so it is safe to assume that he is still enrolled there.  So hopefully he's trying to make something of himself there.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 10:57 AM

View PostGhost of Dwight Drane, on 05 May 2014 - 10:12 AM, said:



That's why I asked....what is he doing now? Looks like he is a trainer at LA Fitness or something....

Yeah...it's tough having all that pressure heaped on you....sort of like a 16 year old taking 5 AP classes and being expected to have a 99 average so they can get into an Ivy League school and follow in their father's footsteps to become a surgeon. But I understand......it's a lot harder going in circles on frozen water with a six figure check every month as you get to fingerblast the prom queen and push yourself on those who don't think you're a god.....

This is where I'm at.

Life sucks, get a f***ing helmet.


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Posted 05 May 2014 - 11:31 AM

View Postweave, on 05 May 2014 - 04:54 AM, said:

I didn't mean for it to sound like I was complaining that I've seen it here before.  it was more of a , am I nuts or has this been posted before kind of thing.

It's all good. I read my own post and hope it didn't come across as snarky as it sounded. It wasn't intended to.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 01:40 PM

View PostJJFIVEOH, on 05 May 2014 - 11:31 AM, said:

It's all good. I read my own post and hope it didn't come across as snarky as it sounded. It wasn't intended to.


Why are we spending half this thread discussing something that wasn't as snarky as it sounded? :ph34r:

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 02:09 PM

View Postweave, on 05 May 2014 - 01:40 PM, said:

Why are we spending half this thread discussing something that wasn't as snarky as it sounded? :ph34r:

Well that's snarky.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 03:24 PM

View Postweave, on 05 May 2014 - 01:40 PM, said:

Why are we spending half this thread discussing something that wasn't as snarky as it sounded? :ph34r:

Fine, I'll take it back then. :rolleyes:

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:30 PM

View PostSpndnchz, on 05 May 2014 - 02:09 PM, said:

View Postweave, on 05 May 2014 - 01:40 PM, said:

Why are we spending half this thread discussing something that wasn't as snarky as it sounded? :ph34r:

Well that's snarky.

Well that's snarky.