Keepin' it real
Buttle busier than ever on the ice
If anyone had to find a way to describe Jeffrey Buttle's resume, it would be perhaps that he continues to pursue and find success in skating, long after retiring as a competitive athlete.
Wouldn't it be fun to see a bunch of figure skaters play a hockey game.....I think Jeff might be an exception as Scott Moir, Charlie White, and Kurt all played hockey at one point or another........as I'm sure many others did. No fighting though
Kurt played in a peewee league for just a few short years, i think white went far longer, not sure moir.
Originally Posted by Ravensque
So happy that Buttle has stayed in skating. Love that guy's approach to skating. He's turning into a fine choreographer.
One of the greatest pastimes of a skating fan is contemplating the string of fabulous men's singles champions from Canada. From Don Jackson through Toller, Brian O., Kurt, Elvis, Emanuel S., and Jeffrey, to Patrick; feel free to add anyone I've left out. And each one different, from the athletic Jackson to the bohemian Cranston, to lightning-quick Orser, all-encompassing Kurt, combat-ready Elvis, sinuously balletic head case Emanuel, elegant Buttle, superbly masterful Chan. What do you folk put in the water up there?
Last edited by Olympia; 12-28-2012 at 02:46 PM.
First off, hockey boys are sent to the CanSkate programs run by Skate Canada to learn to skate. In this way, they don't have to waste precious ice-time teaching the children basic skating skills. Most figure skating clubs are located in publically owned community recreation centres. Yes, the Cricket, Granite and Royal Glenora are all very expensive, invitation only private clubs, but the Mariposa Club which has produced 3 of the World and Olympic medalists mentioned above, is located in a community recreation centre in Barrie. Sandu's home club - 8 Rinks in Burnaby BC is a public facility as is the Minto Club - home of Don Jackson. Only Cranston and Chan came out of the private Toronto Clubs.
The figure skating clubs must share ice-time with the minor hockey leagues operating out of the same facilities. This is why the hockey clubs send kids to Can-Skate. Ice-time for practices is expensive and precious. The figure skating clubs make money on the Can-Skate programs which helps them subsidize ice time for their competitive programs, where fewer skaters are on the ice at the same time. As a bonus, sometimes the boys find they really like figure skating, and they stay.
Last but certainly not least, talented boys are fawned and treated as something very special. Everyone is wondering if this boy will be the "next one" as Rod Black used to call them. I gather talented young girls in the US are treated similarly. Talented girls are a dime a dozen here but a talented boy will get a lot of attention.
Dragonlady, why is it that a talented 'boy' gets a lot more attention than a talented 'girl' in Canada? (Hey..that's gender discrimination ) And why is it that the reverse may be true in the U.S. that 'talented girls' seem to be more valued than 'talented boys'? I am curious.
Originally Posted by Dragonlady
In the US we've had as much success in men's as in ladies, so we're definitely different than Canada in that regard
Originally Posted by spikydurian