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I guess it depends on where you are playing your winter hockey.. I agree that the summer hockey craze is driven by mostly parents who feel like they need to play to keep up but not one player gets better playing on ANY of those teams. You would be far better off going to a top tier skill development program over the summer if the goal is to get better.
I'm sure there might be some exceptions but playing 3 to 5 summer hockey tournaments with a team you have skated very little with under the guidance of a coach who knows little to nothing about you is not the roadmap to getting better. That would be the primary difference to playing in summer hockey tournament and a "in season" winter tournament. I guess the point I'm making is that summer hockey is great for the experience, making new friends and having fun.. its just not where most players "get better".
Team One is a nice program but without the goalie from Buffalo the 2010 group doesn't win a single tournament.. Also it doesn't cost $6k to play girls Junior Bruins.. not even close.
TeamOne Buffalo goalie might be the best 2010 goalie in the country.
Why not? What do those girls do?
I asked the guy that runs the Vikings/militia about summer teams for an 09 and his reply was that at the 14+ age groups most kids who make national bound teams skate with that team at these various tournaments. I would imagine its similar for girls. So if you make a NB team you will enter tourneys with those kids. So no trying out for Team One, Wade, etc instead its assabet patriots (possibly playing under a different name) during the summer tournament season.
For Boys: PHL/BEAST.
I think its a shortened PHL season (13u) in the upper premier divison and then the BEAST league for some number of games.
for u14 it may be all BEAST
For girls: I think they play in the ESGHL but I am not entirely sure. I have not looked that far as my daughter is 10 and plays in NEGHL
What in the hell is the ESGHL?
Eastern Select Girls Hockey League. It's the league for girls programs for Militia, Imperials, NS wings, NE Pioneers, SRI, etc
Play another sport and forget the Summer teams. It's just a cash grab and your kid needs rest. Work on their deficiencies and stay in shape playing other sports during the Summer. Do you think the Summer teams are going to make any difference for your kid who's already playing club and prep?
On this forum people seem to think no hockey should be played in the summer and pretty much any summer tournament gets made fun of. Clearly people enter the tournaments regardless. I don't see what the big deal is in playing in summer tournaments as long as you have fun. Youth hockey doesn't have to be challenging, elite and competitive all the time
Militia is trash. Hardos all over the Thayer Rink. Don't @ me, I'm right.