Every kid - EVERY kid - on the BJB and IHC U16, U18, Elite, Premier, and NCDC teams would be the best kid on their town HS team. The only people that don't believe that are the Townie dads who think their kid still has to play for the HS team to get laid.
Never heard of Snapchat, Dad? They don't have to pass notes in Homeroom any more.
No offense, but if you went all in on the hockey thing (kids one and only focus is hockey) and your kid is truly a legit player (a standout/all conference varsity player as a freshman/sophomore on his Public team) then you probably screwed up as a parent from the get go by not steering him towards a good Catholic or Prep. The tuition for Tier 1 full season and Catholics is pretty much a wash when you add in all the travel expenditures. Prep clearly going to be more, but you’re typically paying for better college exposure for both academics and/or athletics. Just remember that being a standout at a really crappy public is a long way from being a standout at a top Catholic...and is even a longer way from being a standout at a top Prep. Tier 1 in this area is what it is. You’ll get a few kids who come in from outside the area that have some real talent but didn’t make the cut at powerhouses like Belle Tire or Honeybaked. A few kids from the area that have solid talent but are not really academically inclined (and would have a hard time academically going the Catholic/Prep route) so stay at their public while playing for their local full season team. The rest are kids of disgruntled parents who end up on the 3rd and 4th lines while footing the bill for the players in the first two categories. In the end, it makes no difference to anyone but you and your kid where you choose for him to play next year. The choice is yours. Choose wisely.
What if your kid is a sophomore and the leading scoring at a D1 program and you cannot afford to pay for prep, club, etc? Are scholarships available? Thanks
Why can’t people just choose their own path and shut up about it? I’m sure you don’t care what my son does and I’m sure I don’t care what your son does. If you take the drama out of it the experience can be much more enjoyable for evertone involved. No?