I am so happy to be able to be a part of World Jr Hockey Championship 2016. It was a long process to get to this point and I personally was thankful for all the help and support that I could receive from all of the people that helped get me there.
I’ve been following the world junior hockey team since the early 2000s. I was first introduced to the sport through watching the World Jr Hockey Championships in my native Canada. During the last World Jr Hockey Championship in 2012, I made my way to the hotel with a friend to watch the tournament from inside the hotel. I made it to the hotel and was immediately hit by an intense feeling of dread.
I was just sitting on my hotel room bed, waiting for the tournament to start, when a wave of dread hit me. I felt so dread that I couldn’t get out of bed, but I still managed to get up and check the tournament schedule on my phone. I was just about to call to cancel when I had a great idea. I decided to just run the idea by my friend and then see if he was okay with it.
So I hopped on my phone and made the call to change the meeting time to 9:00pm instead of 8:00pm. I even took a picture of the text I had sent to meet up at the hotel. I was about to ask my friend if he was okay with this, when I realized that the text my friend sent me was just a screen shot of our tournament schedule.
Now, this is pretty standard for many tournament organizers to do, but it’s a good reminder that if you’re going to be in charge of a tournament, you should make sure that the tournament’s schedule is available to your attendees. I mean, if you had to go off the schedule, or make a mistake and schedule something that wasn’t available, you’re just going to make your tournament less than fun.
For this tournament, the schedule was available, so my friend sent me a link with the tournament schedule, but I think we can all agree that the schedule would have been a lot more fun if the tournament had been available online.
Yeah because if its on the schedule, there’s going to be a lot more mistakes. No one wants to go to a tournament where there’s no schedule if they can avoid it. I mean, if you wanted, you could have gone to a tournament that was held a month earlier and missed the first week. Or the tournament that had the schedule available but forgot to bring it along to the event.
Theres also another issue with online tournaments. There are a lot of people who are so into the game that they wont even go to the tournament if there is no online schedule. Theres even someone who goes to the tournament and says that they don’t care about the game any more and will be playing the real thing instead.
I don’t know, I’m sure it’s a lot of things, but it is sad to see people get so obsessed with their game that they have to skip a tournament or have their schedule not even taken into account. I understand the appeal and the competitive nature of the game, but online tournaments are really a last resort for those people who are afraid of the game.
You know, I’m not sure why people take so much pleasure in the game of hockey. If you are afraid of getting hurt then you will keep playing. If you are afraid of getting blown up or getting your heart broken then you won’t play at all. You have to realize that some of the most horrific deaths in the world are committed by people who are afraid to play the game.