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OP Here, so what do all of these hockey kids do at Prep school from September-November with no ice? I assume they must hit the gym or forced to play another sport? I guess if parents live close enough or day students they can travel to play 1/2 season tournaments?
So you get a kid who has played Hockey for 9-10 months a year since they were 10-12 in order to get into a school, now they are in and only play true team hockey for 5 months.. Something not adding up...I guess staying home and playing club hockey is a better option for a non scholar hockey player.
Many schools have Ice year round and in most cases when they don't it's in by September or October. Also, many schools allow upperclassman to opt out of one or two seasons outside of hockey and concentrate on their sport of choice. Prep season is a little too short and has it's challenges. Independents like Shattucks, Selects & Northwood have the ideal set up for those hockey-centric types Last few years Prep has gotten younger and watered down slightly but still a great option if you can swing it.