It's fluid year to year, so hard to point you to a "list." Locally, the Keller Divison if the ISL was formed to have the "D1" teams that recruited players and focused more on the athletics side of the student athlete equation. The Eberhart Division was considered "DII" (isn't any more), generally didn't recruit, and stressed academics. Now, strong teams like Rivers complicate things.
Outside of this immediate area, the Founders League has a number of top prep teams in it. But, it isn't as strong top to bottom as Keller.
Then you have teams like Cushing and Kimball Union that play in lesser leagues, but also play a lot of games outside of their leagues.
You could look at the NEPSAC playoff brackets over time. The teams that are consistently there would be considered "top Prep." I wouldn't exclude a team that didn't make is one year, just because of that, not would I consider every team that makes it top Prep.
Also check out Myhockeyrankings.com. Not so much for the ranking but for the game results verse each other and the quick links to the schools. Also, if you are outside New England and looking for your player to make the move up here for school, check out some of the independent Preps like Northwood. Best of luck
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Ha Ha. LOL . That is awesome! So true!! " Yeah, don't listen to that previous poster. Look at his Grammah" Can't even spell. ahhhhhh.
Just go to Shattuck-St Marys.
Define what you mean by top tier. Hockey, academics or both. Lots of great schools all over New England. Most important is to find the right first for your kid and your family. Location, cost, academic fit.... Kids move on to college hockey from all these schools. As a general rule I would agree Keller teams are stronger overall than Eberhart in ISL but you can get good competitive hockey at most of the schools in either division and there is a lot of cross over play. One advantage to the smaller schools is your kid can play and contribute from day one, not always the case at the bigger schools.
I dont understand the allure of Prep if your kid is a True Freshman or Sophomore.
Most likely that kid will move away from home, play on JV for 2 or 3 years..and for what? Am I missing something?
Wouldn't it make sense to wait until he matures physically and save some $$$ by playing on a club team with kids your own age? I get the academics and environment are outstanding, not debating that, but in terms of hockey development just dosent seem to make sense.
Any thoughts on Pope Francis? We are in a tough position geographically and seems like Pope would be our best option at this point.
But if the guy is telling me I can send my kid to Phillips Exeter which includes boarding for $5k or BCH for $20K as a commuter what's the issue?
Why don't they tell people?
Either way why pay $20k for a kid to be at a C.C. school and hanging around the house when you can pay $5k and send the kid away? Heck $5k hardly covers the kids food bill at the house!
Exeter here we come and see you later Flash!
Sure Exeter hands out $5K boarding scholarships for PG hockey players all the time cause....
Oh yeah, there needs to be a reason other than someone said so on the dboard. If the kids going to be a drag on their academic or matriculation stats he aint getting jack let along getting in at all.
My son woke up this morning and told me he wants to focus on hockey vs his other 2 sports and wants to do whatever it takes to play professionally. I have no idea how to help him do this. Hes a smart kid, definitely skilled enough to play at most schools as he has been asked, but now Prep dosent seem like the best option, or does it?
If your kid was good enough to potentially play hockey for a living, you would know it. You would also have NHL agents and college coaches reaching out to you directly. If that's the case, ask them. If you are not being contacted, then do your kid a favor. Take him down to the local rink and let him sit on the zamboni. Ask him how it feels because that's what he will be doing for the rest of his life if he goes all in on hockey.
'Family advisor' is not 'college coaches' or an 'NHL agent' but enjoy the ride.
From the original posters questions: Follow the money!
Top Tier Schools are schools with over $100 Million Endowment. I just went through all of this with my son for the past 5 months. He graduates from Jr. Boarding next week and his placement adviser followed the money!
Just to name a few. Some other things to keep in mind:
1. All of these schools talk to each other about what they are willing to offer a student for Aid depending on how bad they want that kid. My son didnt even get into a school that was less academically endowed because of the amount of Aid another school was offering, and they came right out and said it.
2. Luckily my son was taken as a Varsity player, but the coach did mention they have 4 other kids moving up from Varsity B. I was surprised as I have heard all along many coaches don't do that.
Good luck, it is not easy by any means but stick to your plan, it will work out.
If your kid goes to BCH, CM or X, then he is an Irish dumb dumb.
Good luck, and keep him away from the priest.