The Academy is in their first year and will be playing in the ECEL. It will be interesting to see how they do.
Personally, I would have a difficult time spending $35k+ to send my kid to Everett , Mass to attend Pope John and play AA or AAA midget hockey. Most good hockey players will receive 50%+ off at a prep school and get the full experience. Perhaps, these kids are not quite ready or good enough yet for prep school. However, they would be better off billeting and playing for an established program. I guess we can give them a year or two and see how it pans out. IMHO