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August 9, 2008

The Scouting News Continues to Abuse Moms

a recent comment left by a mom indicates that The Scouting News is continuing its practice of coercion and making threats.  Cancel your subscription now.  Don’t fund this kind of unprofessional, rude, manipulative behavior.

I also had a horrible experience with TSN when I kept getting requests for info on my son (8 in one month) and they never bothered to profile him. When I emailed and asked why, I got an absurd, abusive response from the guy who told me how he could ruin my son’s name. The guy is nuts and REALLY paranoid. He suggested I ask hockey people around the country about his publication and how powerful it is, and when I did, naturally no one thought anything of it. Too bad there isn’t a legit website that isn’t out to make and break our kids


  1. Does anyone know the real name of Scouting News owner?

    He goes by “Benny”…but many people say his names “Ron Holmes”

    Comment by Anonymous — October 24, 2008 @ 12:49 pm | Reply

  2. All your posts have been right on, and as of October The Scouting News is as unpopular & unnoticed as it’s ever been. But don’t stop making posts here. You’ve only made 5 in the past year and not any in 10 weeks. There’s a lot of horseshit over there. Thank God, no one takes it seriously.

    Comment by brits — October 28, 2008 @ 10:52 pm | Reply

    • This blog is almost totally comment-driven. It’s grass-roots, so keep your comments coming. It’s not one man’s vendetta, it’s an entire community’s response to attempted black-listing, lies, and abhorrent interference by someone who thinks he’s God’s gift to the game. The Scouting News is stealing money from people who are vulnerable, misinformed, hard-working, and not deserving of this kind of abuse.

      Comment by Anonymous — January 22, 2010 @ 9:12 pm | Reply

  3. Dont waste your money ! The site is a joke !

    Comment by Anonymous — November 17, 2008 @ 4:20 pm | Reply

  4. Does anybody realize that the Scouts do not read the scouting news? I know because I am one. If you want to know how your son is doing and what his chances are to play at the next level, ask the coach or wait until May when the drafts are held. I could care less about the hype, or what is printed. I want to see what you can do on the ice. If you are any good, someone will phone you.

    Comment by A scout — March 10, 2009 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

  5. The scouting news is a very unreliable source of information. It is a site for self promotion and if you do not play the game your subscription is cancelled and you emails are not returned. I never responded to several requests to promote my son and the next thing you know I loose my access to the site. I am actually more upset with myself for spending my money on a membership to the site than loosing my access to it. The arrogant responses to inquiries and the vindictive power play to strike my access make me glad to be distanced from the site. It is not worth the curiosity of what they are posting to pay the fee. But then again if you want to self promote this is the place to go.

    Comment by BC hockey parent — March 27, 2009 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

  6. I believe your comments to be true A Scout, and would put no weight on anything this apparent crack-pot organization would post on their website. But…here are my concerns – Just today by accident I found my son’s name on this site while looking for unrelated information-I just googled his name. My concern is where did they get his name? – I obviously don’t have a subscription or whatever, so I can’t see any of the ‘information’ they have on him – what is it, and where did they get it from? I see some kids have pictures on the site – where did they get their pictures?, it’s quite alarming to me, does it not constitute some kind of infraction of Canadian privacy laws?

    Comment by concerned — July 1, 2009 @ 3:54 am | Reply

    • They get the info and pictures from tongue-wagging parents who expect to see great things written about their children. They’re happy to fork over the bucks, a bio, and even pictures because they are falsely led to believe by that the publication (The Scouting News) is read and used by real scouts to make decisions on their child’s advancement in the sport. The truth is nowhere in sight. If any of these paid subscribers so much as questions one word written by the Scouting Nazi, phone calls are made, forum posts, internet spamming, and every other lurid tactic is employed by TS”N” to discredit, vilify, humiliate, isolate, and completely marginalize that family from the sport. Every person who subscribes to The Scouting News is tacitly supporting this fascist behavior, should be ashamed of themselves, and should stop feeding their own egos for the sake of the sport they claim to love. Every dollar they spend on The Scouting News is a dollar which will eventually be used to hurt another player and family. If that’s what you want, list your player’s name here so we know who NOT to cheer for.

      Comment by thescoutingnazi — September 10, 2009 @ 7:36 pm | Reply

      • They did NOT get information about my son from us as you’ve indicated, and that is my concern – where is it coming from? Surely someone with a subscription didn’t provide information on someone elses’ son-that’s ridiculous. The reference to my son mentions a specific tournament he had played in, would tournament hosts share player names with this organization, or would they just take it off the tournament website and make up an entry about kids just to try sell more subscriptions? That is just bizarre and I guess shouldn’t be surprising if the other tactics you’ve mentioned have been used. I get what the site is all about and don’t doubt the tactics you reiterated in your response. My main concern is why Canadian privacy laws don’t apply to them? Even our local paper has to get signed authorization forms from parent/guardians before they can publish a story or picture about a minor child. Perhaps this is another illustration of the danger of the internet – if a kid has a picture on facebook, I guess there is nothing stopping them from using it on their site either – it’s scary.

        Comment by Concerned — January 20, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

  7. There’s guys on the 2010 NHL Draft “Ones to Watch” list that the scouting news panned when they were midgets. Now some of these guys are a step away from the Show. Not only are people wasting their money on a worthless publication, they’re unwittingly supporting a farse that marginalizes kids and makes impressionable youngsters doubt themselves or become exceptionally self-conscious when they should be focusing exclusively on their development. It’s a damned shame.

    Comment by NextPro — July 28, 2009 @ 7:34 pm | Reply

  8. My thirteen year old has been getting emails … shame on whomever shares email address with this guy. We’ve been ignoring them. TODAY the phone rings as I’m going out the door. I let the machine pick up. Barry wants to represent my son. OMG this is the second creepy individual this summer we have come across praying upon kids and unsuspecting parents. Both looking for $$$. Thank you Lord for the internet … which I believe is a curse and a blessing. Thank you for this blog and having the conviction to expose TSN service. We always do our homework and you’ve help make that easy.

    Comment by just another hockey mother — August 27, 2009 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

    • Sorry for the delay in approving and responding to your comment. You’re absolutely right to be very protective of your son. There are too many people out there who simply want to cash in on your parental pride and love. It’s one thing to charge $20 for a picture that costs maybe $5 to produce. It’s quite another to prey upon the dreams and fears of families, luring their money with promises of exposure, and then literally launching all-out campaigns to injure them if they disagree with what you write or how you communicate with them. This is exactly what the Scouting Nazi does; congratulations on your astute realization as well as your keen ability to put your child’s welfare first without pandering to those who take advantage of so many families!

      Comment by thescoutingnazi — September 10, 2009 @ 7:26 pm | Reply

      • “It’s one thing to charge $20 for a picture that costs maybe $5 to produce.” Please don’t group these people in with the TSN. Consider the fact that the picture is produced by $25000 worth of equipment. The closest other group that you may want to group these people in with are unqualified hockey schools.

        Comment by Anonymous — October 23, 2009 @ 7:04 am

      • The comment contrasted an acceptable practice (charging $20 for a picture) with an unacceptable practice (charging $200 to view pictures and articles submitted by the subjects themselves with the implied promise of favor by real scouts and coaches.) Certainly, there are legitimate capital costs, not to mention maintenance, supplies, fees, and the value of experience and quality results that justify a $20 price for a pretty piece of photo paper. On the other hand, there is no justification for luring parents with implied promises of meaningful exposure only to marginalize and intentionally persecute them if they are unsatisfied with the product.

        Comment by thescoutingnazi — October 29, 2009 @ 8:37 am

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