Weeks captain said claims of players not playing for coaches is false
NEW GLASGOW – The Weeks Major Midgets coaching staff and players are trying to stay positive as they try to turn the corner on their 2-13-0 start.
That’s difficult with fingers being pointed at coaches, goaltending or other players on the team according to captain Lane Cormier. He said he’s heard a number of negative comments about players not wanting to “play” for their coaching staff or that they shouldn’t be hosting Atlantics.
“There is so much negativity around the community with regards to our team,” said Cormier. “All the people at school are always saying ‘oh yeah you guys are two and 13.’ The easiest thing to do is to point fingers, so everybody is throwing Dave (MacIntyre) under the bus saying Dave’s not a good coach or whatever, but everybody is trying to buy into what Dave is saying and we really do want to play for him.”
Since the struggles started for the team they have had some “heart-to-heart” team meetings about how they were doing on the ice and the negative comments they had been hearing away from the rink. Cormier said in one of the meetings MacIntyre said he would step down as coach if the players felt it was best for them.
“Dave just sat us down and said if there’s people on the team that think the team will do better with a new coach that he’ll step down,” said Cormier. “He just wants to better the team however he can. Nobody said that they wanted that (him to step down). He said there were no hard feelings if we felt that way and just to say it. Nobody said anything and we all think that Dave knows what he’s talking about and that the coaching staff really cares about us.”
Being in the slump they’re in, Cormier said they’ve been trying to change things up and there has been a lot of open discussion between the coaches and players about things they may want to adjust with their practices or other aspects to be better prepared. He said there has also been a few player-only discussions for them to voice their thoughts about how things are going.
“We had a couple times where we just spoke with no coaches, just the guys in the room, to get anything off your chest,” he said. “Like I said, last year we had a losing season as well, but this year in the dressing room we have a really tight-knit team and gelled really quickly. Losing happens and there are other teams that are losing as well. I think it’s just cause of Atlantics that there is so much extra pressure from the community on us.
“Everybody just wants to say ‘they’re no good.’”
He recognized there were a few players who quit early in the year, but said there has been little if any negativity in the room since. Cormier said there is obvious frustration, but that their focus is on being positive and trying to become successful on a regular basis.
“The easiest thing to do would be for Dave to be negative or us to be negative, but we’re trying our best to stay positive,” he said. “When everyone in the community is trying to point fingers to say it’s Dave’s fault or the goalie’s fault. It’s just hard when everyone has the negative mindset. The easiest thing to do would be to say ‘we suck, let’s try to get rid of Atlantics,’ but we don’t feel that way. We feel it’s there, but it’s going to take a couple wins to get us going on the right track.”
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