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Making the jump to U15 Full Season or U16 Full Season next year.
Need some advice/thoughts on:
Jr Bruins U16
Springfield Pics U16
Any other local programs? Did 1 year of prep and kid dosen't want to go back.
So he is an 03 and has already been to Prep. Was he at a Jr Prep or a Prep? Guessing he played JV? Was it at a factory or a balanced (School- Hockey) program?
For local u16 next year it’s BA, Jr Bruins, Giants and Cyclones. Seacoast if way north on 95 and Avalanche if north of Nashua.
No spots on BA, owners son’s team. They are very good, best 02’s around. Next is Jr Bruins for next year’s Jr Bruins although they did lose some talent because players didn’t like the coach beacause he played mostly 01’s this year.
Giants becoming a good option and all NH programs good.
USPHL is a joke so go where kid can play Tier1 Elite, NA affiliate league or ECEL.
Stay clear of Kings as they are a joke now and run as fast as you can from the Bandits. Kings and Bandits bad and still losing players. They were a terrible team this year even with some good players, all who aging out to u18.
Islanders used to be good but have taken many steps backwards at the 02/03 age groups.
Stay clear of PICs, Kings and northern NH if billeting. Giants and BA good options if u16 as they play in good leagues ( Tier 1 Elite, ECEL, NAHL affiliate and e9 Prep Showcase). Those teams consistently beat upon USPHL teams.
Another option would be Elite Hockey in CT.
ECEL and NAPHL better at u16 and u18 levels...by far
Child please. USPHL midgets is for players who got cut from their high school teams.
I know USPHL Islanders billet. Their U16 team swept Jr. Bruins this year.
My kid played T1EHL/ECEL and USPHL. T1EHL is clearly better. ECEL is not.
NAPHL better than USPHL. ECEL is an even swap with USPHL.
Not all USPHL teams offer equal value, although the top-5 are usually good every year. Agree that the rest of the league is a toss up with NAPHL and ECEL.
SASKS and York Skipjacks provide a very different development model and may be worth considering. Everyone's very familiar with Selects Academy, but Skipjacks are lesser known. Their track record for moving kids on to next level the last 4 years is hard to argue, if that's what you're shooting for.
Since the OP mentioned PA to begin with, billeting in York may be a reasonable option.