Player Development Panthers Building Character One Goal At A Time Volume 1, Issue 1, Nov. 09 Panther Tracks 1. Welcome to Panther Tracks Welcome to the inaugural issue of Panther Tracks, the newsletter of the CAL Player Development Panthers. The goal of this bulletin is to both in- Drinking Gatorade From The form and encourage the Panther community about activities, issues, and Cup At The Richmond Hill just plain good news pertaining to the Panthers. Issues will be released as Stars Tournament news happens. If you have something that would be of interest to the rest of the Panther community, or just a great Panther picture please email me details. If it “fits” and we can work your news, information, or picture in, Panther Profile we will be glad to include it. (Items may be edited). You will find contact information at the bottom of the page. “Chicago 1,2,3”. Every CAL Panther player who has ever 2. Let The Games Begin played for Tim Gregory knows Panther teams, and all teams for that matter, must have their rosters what that phrase means. Tim registered/approved by the OMHA prior to playing any games, exhibition has coached in the CAL for the or otherwise. “Why aren’t we rostered yet?” and “when will we be ros- past 17 years and has been with tered?” are 2 often-asked questions being asked around the rink these the Panther program for the days. To put the rostering situation into proper perspective it is helpful past 6 , bringing more than a to understand some of the factors which are contributing to CAL roster- little silver into the CAL trophy ing woes this season. First of all the CAL’s online player registration this case in the process. This year fall was, for reasons outside of CAL control, fraught with problems which Tim is coaching the Panther negatively affected many registering players. Secondly the OMHA Minor PeeWee team to the adopted an entirely new minor hockey database for this hockey season, delight of many of the kids who one which is far superior to the old one but the transition has not been played for him last season on problem free. Alongside that, the process has become considerably more the Major Atom PD team. complex this season and the necessary steps involved in rostering a team When Tim is not looking after have more than doubled. Thirdly, the hundreds of rosters being submit- the Chalmers Association, ted to the OMHA weekly must be processed by volunteers, people who coaching the Midget Chalmers like us have full-time employment and families to attend to apart from House League team, attending these responsibilities. The list goes on. The games will begin thanks to CAL meetings, or coaching his tireless efforts of a number of CAL folks who are devoting both free time Minor PeeWee Panthers, you and a portion of their employment time to get the job done. I won't men- are apt to find him tooling tion names here but would simply say that we are fortunate to have peo- around town in his lemon- ple of such character among us at the CAL. yellow 1976 AMC Gremlin, cooking up a feast for supper, 3. The Ultimate Road Trip or just plain gone fishin’. If you see Tim at the rink, he takes Want to know more about the PD Major Midget’s European “road trip” ? his Timmy’s “double-double”. Find out here … http://www.ktic.ca/pdtrip Questions or comments? Email us at calpanthers @ gmail.com Player Development Panthers Building Character One Goal At A Time 4. Lookin’ Like The Pros By now your Panther has received his new-look CAL pro-style home jersey. After many many years of faithful service our old white Boston Bruin color jer- seys are entering a well-deserved retirement. The full conversion of the Panther program to Canadian na- Panther Friends Both On And tional team colors will be complete when available Off The Ice At The Oshawa finances allow for the purchase of the complementary Tournament away jerseys (red?, black?) to replace our current gold away jersey. The cost of these jerseys exceeds the jersey deposit and must render many years of service 7. The True Cost Of Success to the Panther program. Please help your Panther to Most would agree that success, whether it be on respect the Panther program and help the CAL by the ice or in life, does not come cheaply. Ice costs encouraging them to keep their hockey jersey some- last year for the Player Development program where other than at the bottom of their hockey equip- were in excess of $26,000 more than the previous ment bag. The players who will wear the jersey in year. This was due to a number of factors includ- years to come thank you! ing a significant increase in the hourly rate for ice, the increase in the length of many hockey games 5. Food For Thought from 50 minutes to 90 minutes and 120 minutes, an increase in the number of games played, and Panther teams do not have a budget. Essentially they on-ice officials fee increases. These costs continue are given an ice allocation, jerseys, and funding for 3 to increase yearly. As well tournament fees are tournaments per season. In the past any other finan- rising significantly, along with the costs of outfit- cial needs or wants that a Panther team had involved a ting Panther teams with jerseys, socks, and the “passing the hat” , finding a benefactor, or coming up like. All that to say that the true cost of operating with a fund-raising initiative. Witness what the Major the Player Development program is rising dra- Midget Panther team has been doing to raise funds for matically so that it was necessary to increase the their trip to Europe. Your team is free to develop and registration fee for PD players for the 2009-2010 initiate fund-raising initiatives (subject to the PD Con- hockey season to its current level. The Player De- venor’s approval) as you wish. One fund-raising vehi- velopment program and the CAL as a whole are a cle which is available to Panther teams is to operate “not-for-profit” organization. Monies collected by the canteen at Harold Harvey arena. This entails Pan- the CAL in general and PD in particular, are ther hockey parents working in the canteen primarily poured back into the league. Into your child’s on Friday evenings and Saturdays. The food for sale is hockey experience. Into the character develop- provided and the profits would be returned to your ment of your son or daughter. CAL hockey, team. Speak to your team manager if you would like whether it be house-league hockey or player devel- your team to be involved in this initiative. opment hockey, remains one of the few remaining 6. Memorable Quotes bargains out there today. Success does not come cheaply but then again it’s not about what a thing "How would you like it if, at your job, every time costs, it’s about the value one realizes for the cost. you made the slightest mistake a little red light More than 1100 Kingston families have recognized the value this hockey season and chosen to play went on over your head and 18,000 people stood their hockey in the CAL. See you at the rink. up and screamed at you?" - Hall of Fame Montreal Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante.