Talk about reaching! The USPHL should be a little more honest when trying to pump their own tires. In their press release -
"Goaltender Keith Petruzzelli was the first to hear his name called, as he went in the third round to the Detroit Red Wings with the 88th overall pick. Petruzelli played 14 games for the Junior Bruins 16U team in the 2013-14 season and later joined the Selects Academy at South Kent School 18U team, leading them to the 2016 USPHL 18U Championship. Petruzzelli earned the Goaltender of the Year and Player of the Year honors with Selects Academy and will attend Quinnipiac University in the fall."
No mention of his time at the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL? Oh, small oversight.
Jeff Cox is a respected scout and contributor fo rthe best recruiting site on teh web. He has over 6,000 Twitter followers, for Pete's sake! His background in the game is beyond questioning, especially from any supporter of the biggest liars in amateur hockey. If you wonder why the USPHL is so into using "alternative facts," consider that the same guy spewing the USPHL's garbage is the same loser who did it for the Eastern Joke Hockey League. The name might have changed, but that's about it.
Jeff Cox is a marginal 'scout.' He wouldn't know a defensemen if the kid hit him in the face with a slapshot.
Furthermore in looking through the USPHL website and their tooting of their own horn about their commits I think the previous poster should rephrase what he wrote to - "the USPHL is a nice league and a stepping stone for future D3 players"
Still Tier 3. No matter how you slice it. It your kid has a shot send him to Tier 1 or 2. Tell him he will be ok wihout his Mommy. Its life. [/quote]
I hear this argument a lot . I get the sense that many of you have been writing checks and cozying up to coaches for so long, that you forget Jr Hockey is big boy hockey!! WE/ YOU don't choose!! You get chosen.
I'm guessing most of the players in Tier 3 would make the move to a better league if given the choice.
It will be interesting to see how the league does. Good hockey to date. Likely to get better now that it is free. Not really debatable but " Hell hast'h no fury like a hockey parent scorned"
My best guess is it will do well. People like you will try to crap on it. A few miserable souls will jump on board but in short time you will all be silenced. Just like you were with Cap A's kid who over the course of the year went from project to prospect to NHL draft pick. Second player from the family to be drafted. Maybe they are not your cup of tea but seems to work, eh?
My son plays Tier 2 NAHL. You most certainly can choose. I could wallpaper a room with how many Tier 3 "offers" he has and half a room with Tier 2. I guess USA Hockey just felt the league showed too much promise to affiliate itself with it. [/quote]
I think you misunderstood what I meant: I meant that a player who has a Tier 1 or 2 opportunity will choose that route over a Tier 3 or lesser league. The prior poster was insinuating that players are choosing NCDC or Tier 3 over the better leagues out West. The choice is being made for them. Make sense?
I have to laugh.
First the guy points out - "Yes, it is mostly future D3 players but D3 College hockey is very good"
And then followed by "Again, I am tired of seeing Club Commitments. Puhlease!!"
Either you don't know or you don't get it. Many Club teams could take apart many D-3 teams and that is a simple fact.
Next, look at many of a Club teams roster and you will see many kids that come to club hockey out of some respected junior programs and respected junior leagues including the USHL.
Just because many very good hockey players prefer to shift their focus to academics rather than sport, get burned out at playing at a high level or simply don't want to commit to the grind of varsity college hockey it does not make them lesser of a player.
With all of that said, I too think it's silly to post club hockey commits but let's not get caught up in this idea that the average D-3 player is anything special or the hockey is on average "very good."[/quote]
College Hockey is unlike any other sport in that there are only 60 teams (1,300 players) at the D1 level with many from abroad. If you are not quite good enough you really can only land in D3 or Club. Some of the better club teams are very good!! With that being said, The gulf between the bottom half of D1 and Top half of D3 are not nearly as great as you might think.
UMaine loses to U18 National team which then loses the next day to UNE ( handily) . Granted it was at the end of the trip and not sure if the circumstances, but still.