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December 2, 2012

Some 'cut' stories

Londonderry High hockey coach Peter Bedford: “My very first year coaching at Goffstown I had to make the tough choice of cutting two junior goaltenders, both of whom had been on the varsity team their freshman and sophomore years.

“There were two incoming freshmen goaltenders who were considerably better. To make matters worse, there wasn’t a junior varsity team to place them on.

“As I have my entire coaching career, I spoke directly to both players once the roster was posted and told them why. One of the junior goaltenders, though unhappy, excepted the outcome and moved on. The other did not and immediately left school.

“I received a phone call from the father who expressed his anger. I met with both the player and the father later that day and explained the outcome and showed the evaluation grades we used. Again they both expressed anger to which I ended the meeting before it escalated any further.

“A few days later, I received a call from the AD, who said the parent contacted him, the school principal, and superintendent to which they concluded a meeting needed to take place between the parents, AD, principal and myself.

“In that meeting the parents expressed their disappointment, questioned my coaching. Sadly, it became verbally threatening and they demanded their son be put on the team.

Once the meeting concluded the AD and principle asked if I wanted to change my decision. I said ‘You paid me to do a job and select the best players for your varsity team and I have don just that.’ I did not change my decision.

Thankfully they supported me and we completed the season, but the story does not end there.

The following season we created a junior varsity team and one of the freshmen goaltenders from the previous season was injured and was out for the upcoming season. Again we held tryouts, and surprisingly both juniors goaltenders I cut, attended.

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