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