Here is a question I have for some of the kids and families of some of the teams that got bounced from the Super 8 this week. Let's say it's your kids senior season, is it better to get invited to the Catholic School Championship (Super 8) and get bounced in the first round or stay where you belong in the State Public School Championship (D-I) and win it all?
Marshvegas, Hingham and soon to be Walpole will all have this experience. What do you think????
They don't hang banners for 8th place but they do for 9th. And I think a celebration on ice and a party on the way back home with the guys for one final time beats hanging your head and skating off the ice a loser in your last game.
But maybe the kid is a loser. And D-2 vs. D-3 is splitting hairs so what's the difference? Like losing D-2 is somehow better than anything in D-3? At that level half the team can barely skate. In fact I was down a Gallo last year for the playoffs and these kids were just taking runs at each other, like it was a football game and they were lining-up and just going HAM at each other. It has nothing on Town Midgets.
Just give them all trophies so they can feel special....
It is interesting too how the final high school rankings will usually have the D-I champion ranked in the top 8...meaning in most eyes winning the D-I means you shouldn't feel like you're the 9th best team in the state.
Unless you have a real shot at winning the Super 8 the best case scenario is to lose the play in game and then be #1 seed in D1 and win that state championship. Unless of course you're AP or CM and you lose the S8 play in game then lose in the quarter finals
Ha Ha!! If you lose a Super 8 play-in game and don't at LEAST make it to the D1 North or D1 South finals, your a team of frauds and made the S8 based on politics rather than on-ice performance.
Not always the case. Most often the kids feel let down after being bounced from the Super 8 and can't rally to play well the rest of the way. Likewise the teams that make to the finals are both on a 6-7 game winning streak and they are just pumped to play another day.
Thanks for that insight AP/CM parent!!
They don't hang participation banners for showing up and getting blown out. Enough said.
Yeah, 5th in the final polls, a banner at your rink, a D-I title, the memories of going undefeated your final 7-8 games, a celebration on the ice at the Garden, float in the town 4th of July parade, newspaper stories, a great hockey end of season banquet..
Better than limping home on a quiet bus after getting blown-out by some regional All-star team when you're a bunch of kids from the same town ending your losing high school career.
You win a tournament, you get a throphy. From Mites to the Stanley Cup, a hockey tradition unlike any other!
Super 8 is to the Catholic Conference as D-I is to Public schools (this year aside)
"Now it appears the CC is watered down and has decreased the gulf between the two."
It happened so fast.
Pretty ironic that a public school won the Super 8 and a catholic school won the D1 titles this season dontcha think? Just goes to show you how watered down HS hockey has gotten in Mass in just the past few years.
i love when a public school wins the super 8 it MUST be that ALL hs hockey has been watered down. and yet when the catholics win --- they should have their own tournament because it's unfair (to the publics).