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Prep schools don't offer a "Hockey environment, structure and development." The season is short, and even the very best of the best are required to play another sport in the fall and spring.
Selects Academy at South Kent School (really strong) and Elite Hockey at Cheshire Academy (above average) are the closest to what you're describing. But, they still entail a prep school curriculum.
Prob should teach him to drive a zamboni as a back up plan.
If you are in the Boston area your best bet is a private day school ( ISL). This way you will still find plenty of time on the ice in the offseason albeit not as much as your accustomed too. If this won't do or you are out of the area go for an Independent prep school that does not follow NEPSA guidelines. Plenty of decent alternative throughout the country.
Most prep schools do loosen the three season requirements for upperclassman and those schools with rinks that have year round ice or at least October - March ice may suffice.
Cushing, AOF, Berkshire, PA, PEA, All the Lakes Region schools - ( Most in Oct). Most Prep schools rent ice to the local youth associations and are able to put the ice in by October if not earlier. With the local ISL schools it is a moot point as most kids skate all fall throughout the Boston area.
20+ Games. Huh? Most schools play 30+, with some as low as 26 and some as high as 40+ not including scrimmages ( reference My Hockey Rankings). Add 15-20 fall games or more and we are at 45-60 games. Works for me. Off ice work outs in the fall, 2-3 skates a week plus games. 5-6 days on the ice all winter. Take 2-3 months off in the spring to recover. Play some baseball, lax, tennis, golf, pocket pool. Whatever works for you.
Prep school hockey, like all local hockey has fallen off/watered down. I love the idea of the hockey academy or 6-7 month season. To me it is the best of both worlds. Prep school is still a great alternative under the right circumstances and probably a much better education than the alternative ( Never mind online school).
Still, key is to figure what works best for your child. Many great ways to go about it which still includes Prep School.
BTW , Elite Academy was one and done at Cheshire Academy. Selects is a great alternative although the U18 seems to be falling off. My sense is u15 and u16 will remain strong
Ah, multiple pedants. Or is it just one, posting more than once?
OK, facts. Of the 60 NE Prep schools listed on My Hockey Rankings, 32 played less than 30 games.
32 of 60? Wait, let me do the math. Yup, that would be "most."
Top 20 teams that played less than 30? AOF. Loomis Chaffee. LA. Taft. PA. Pomfret. Kent. Westy.
How about these - heard of any of these programs? Deerfield. Milton. Williston. Hotchkiss. Nobles. Choate. Groton. Govs. Brooks. BBN. All less than 30 games.
Eight more played exactly 30, including Top 20 teams Salisbury (gee, have they won anything recently?), Thayer, Winchedon, St. Sebs.
So, only one-third of NE Prep teams played more than 30 games.
The claim that "Most schools play 30+?" False. Unequivocally.
Yes, when referring to 53% of a group of something, the term "most" is correct.
Is it possible that not all of the prep games get reported to MHR?
You lost your credibility with "...and give up reasonable health care."
Canada's healthcare system makes our insurance company driven crapshow look like a second world country stumbling around trying to provide healthcare for a third of it's people. Spend some time in Canada and turn off Fox News and you will see how failed we are at healthcare.
Since every prep school kid becomes set for life at an early age, I agree!