I'm hopeful that my youth hockey player will play high school and be more than a 3rd4th liner as he enjoys the game. 12yrs old, atheletic. Below average hockey IQskill, better than average skating. Has showing steady progression each year but nothing shocking, enjoys checking and contact. We've done all the typical skills programs
For the parents with older kids...
Did a light turn on at a certain age?
What age did your child improve the most or was it a steady progression?
Will fit in with the rest of public high school hockey
The light turned on when he went from 5'8" 130 to 6'3 185 his Junior year
Most people that know their hockey know a good public team is nothing to 'slam.' A good D-1 and a few D-2 teams will have players that can play with anyone. Go to the summer tournaments and look around, the good public school players can hold their own. Prep is not always great hockey but they too have good players, just more on the 3rd / 4th line.
If the kid is boarderline making a bad high school team, to be honest he might have more success elsewhere in another sport. No shame in that.
Yeah, a team like Hingham might have 6-7 kids that can walk onto a prep team seamlessly but why should they? They'll be on the same junior teams anyway, have a $120-$150k more in the bank and be able to live at home.
A Prep school education is an experience that public school cannot provide. Then again playing in a Super 8 game would be a great experience as well!
AP classes along with being a dedicated student will prepare a student for a competitive college.
Academics, Athletics, Extra Curricular Activities, Friendships, Living at home, Living away from home. Having Peers from all over the world, being in school with the same kids K-12.
Point is, as stated on the Dboard so many times, there are many ways to get there. I will add though, with all the choices today, hockey is getting diluted.
Maybe this season, but historically it would be the case. They always have a least a line upfront and a few D that can play if you've been paying attention. And how about the kid who was their worst defensemen one season at the high school and 6 months later he goes to Dexter he's their top defensemen? They could have rolled 5 kids over there just on D alone.
He didn't 'fit into their scheme?' I went out for a few of their games back then and from what I saw was they were trying to run the offense though the undersized D and giving him all of the ice time he could handle - so he was 'the scheme.'
Interestingly enough, yes the other kids were more ready to play - two I was out to see - and it was clearly a process of trying too hard to make it work and it didn't. Is the kid a bad player today? No. Did they have more high school ready kids right there? Obviously, but I think the coaches gave in trying to keep him there for when he would have been ready and that clearly didn't work either.
Ha! Almost got the coach fired. If he stayed another year cementing yet another losing season the whole staff would have gotten tossed. too funny.
He currently plays Tier 1, EHF & Town Hockey.
Top 2-3 on his town team, bottom of the pack on his club team
Excellent advice, yes captain of his high school team Is a good realistic goal