Posted by Dean Holden at April 21st, 2013
by Chris Pryor,16 April 2013
We are always looking to blame someone when a player doesn’t get the ice time they would like or doesn’t make the team for which they are trying out. Or the job for which they interviewed.
Yes, there are exceptions to every rule, but most of the time when you fail to achieve something it comes down to just one person, YOU. You are the one accountable. When we start to realize that you and only you are responsible for where you go in life, then and only then will we start to understand how this all works. You dictate where and what you accomplish. Not the coach, boss or even your parents.
It defeats the purpose when accountability is not met on both fronts. Coaches need to hold their players accountable just the same as parents should be doing with their kids. You break a rule, you need to be held accountable.
I get caught speeding, I get a ticket and pay a fine. Done. What would happen if I get caught speeding and nothing happens? Hence, I continue to speed and everyone else does the same, disaster is inevitable.
What happens when a player doesn’t work his hardest and is not reprimanded? Or continues to take selfish penalties and is not punished? Others see this and they too think it’s OK not to work or not play in a team concept. This starts to circulate throughout and eventually you have problems.
Everyone needs to be held accountable, plain and simple. The coach needs to have a set of rules that everyone shares and knows the consequence when they are not carried out. Society needs rules, as does a team, as does an individual.
If you’re not getting the ice time you desire, then it either means you’re not working hard enough or you’re not good enough, plain and simple. If you don’t make a team or get a job, it probably means you’re either not talented or qualified enough.
Realize it’s no one’s fault but my own. Accept the fact that I need to work harder and be more prepared the next time the opportunity presents itself. You are in charge of your career, no one else.
When you can start to “wrap your arms around this concept” life becomes a little more clearer.
Chris Pryor is the director of hockey operations for the Philadelphia Flyers. He is in charge of the amateur and pro scouting departments. A native of St. Paul, Pryor spent eight seasons as a scout for the Flyers. He played parts of six seasons in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars and New York Islanders.