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I was going through the recent posts and noticed this thread. I looked at the link for college commits, sorted by date and was somewhat shocked to see "commitments" for 2003 and 2004 kids.
I have a 2006 and haven't even thought about high school but 8th graders are committed? I think I saw a 2004 committed to Minnesota. That's nuts... My kid borderline believes there's a Santa...
How does a Hockey East school have 30+ commits ? The same way the other top dog Div I schools do it - they have scholarship players playing on their CLUB teams. That is their "pool" to pull from for injuries, academic problems, etc.
Hockey East teams have 18 full scholarships per season, to be split between 23-24 players, players either get full rides, some are split like 2for4 or 3for4, etc., and some of walk-on's who get nothing and are happy to be there (they also don't play). Head coach's are like general managers, they have to mange their monies (scholarships), and also manage who is coming in and when. Some kids will be pushed back, some kids even get de-committed by the school if they don't develop like the team expected. Nothing is guaranteed until you sign your NLI, and even after that, your scholarship award goes one year at a time. How do I know this? My kid committed at 15, played Prep, USHL, and now Hockey East. Any parent that is in the middle of this right now, come into this with your eyes wide open, choose a school that you think he will like and where you think he will play.
Darn! So I never played more than high school hockey, never coached a college team, never played in the NHL and have never held an NHL front office job and I don't have any relatives who did any of these things either! So for my kid I guess BC is out.
Zero... None, Nada. College commit? 02? Really...? Means nothing, check the college rosters, almost no one under 21 is playing, and that's as a freshman... So a commit to a 15 year old? Play the lottery, same chance of winning.
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