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The 03 division was stacked. Some really good players left off the list for this weekend while some really questionable players made it. I would agree with 80% of the players that were picked while there were clearly some better options. All of the goalies were outstanding and games were very competitive. Good first run for this age group.
It's been this way for a very long time and will likely continue as long as Mass Hockey and USA Hockey are run like the hack political organizations that they are. They honestly don't care about individual player development or representing the best possible outcomes. No different than most honestly..
Need to start by taking names off the eval sheets, have all the kids wear the same helmets and pants. Final 40 might look a little different. Also should post all of the evaluations so kids know what they need to work on in the eyes of the experts.
Feedback would be good..."you played well but you were wearing the wrong color pants"
Will be interesting to see if these highly touted 03's become the players their parents have convinced them and others they will be. Connections, opportunity and early puberty will get them in the door, but at some point your game needs to mature to stay on the ice.
Yes, other than Hughes, they have a long way to go.
If Terriers coaches kid makes it MA Hockey is a sham, joke, complete waste of time!
Guaranteed to be more red pants that make it then should.
Final 15 and goalies invites are in at 03....Legit? or you guys still think it's a joke?
Best of luck to this group...it is really as expected...
But it proves the old "if you are good enough, they will find you" completely false.
There were 10+ better kids in the group of 80 that were ignored because they were unknown and weren't wearing the right color pants.
I watched the first 2 games of each of the 03 teams, here are my notes:
White had 2 forwards that should have made the top 40 and didn't. #18 and #13
Orange had 2 that should have made it : #13 and #12
Black had 1 that should have made it: #9
Blue got it right
So I don't think they were that far off but I do believe these 5 were more deserving than some that were picked. What do I know, I have only been evaluating hockey players for 23 years. It was nice being able to catch these games during the USPHL showcase, kill 2 birds.
Good luck to all that participated in the Festival, Final 40 and moving onto Camp.
13 of the 17 kids are from two teams. 16 of 17 are from three teams. The pant comment isn't completely unfair though every kid on the final list is deserving and can really play. Last time I checked there are tons of teams around here and some kids don't go to those three teams for a variety of reasons (playing time/the dreaded daddy coach, logistics, developed later when these teams were largely full...) and two of those three teams didn't exactly kill everyone they played this year. I think its a higher hurdle for certain players/everyone knows there are favors being done at these things. A handful of kids were shocking to see at the top 80 level and even at the top 40 level. Its a strong age group so it wasn't an easy task for these guys.
What possible reason would the Asst Coach at Harvard and other D1 Assistants have to put their reputation on the line, give up their weekends to assess the kids and then not pick the kids they thought had the best chance to succeed at the next level? PP took the job over because there were questions in the past about who was being sent. These guys want kids from this area to be selected into the NTDP program. That reflects well on their abilities to assess talent.
It is true that two club teams had 10 kids of the total, but those teams were number 1 and 2 in the state and have been attracting the best kids to their programs for the past five plus years because of their success.
Right...shhhh...there is no politics in MA hockey at all...
The 2003 group is the first group under PP's leadership of the program. Let's see how they do.
There are also 2 MA kids who were just picked for the NTDP 2002 team.
Does any of this really matter? Does your kid really want to leave home and move to Michigan? It was a good weekend of hockey but nobody should feel heartbroken if the didn't make it. I think the saying goes "Politics beats talent when talent doesn't have Politics" something like that. Although, I was very surprised that not 1 of coaches sons made it to camp. It is a strong 03 group being sent and I hope they do well.
Is this the best ma hockey can offer? Disappointed to say the least. Hope there are some Diamonds in the ruff next weekend. Should have gone to lax instead.
HNIB/Festival a total embarrassment
What does HNIB have to do with the festival tryouts this weekend? Thought it was Mass hockey?
Anyone know the format of the tryout? Small area games or full scrimmage? Kid is starting to ask questions about this weekend just trying to calm the nerves.
When will the selections be posted
03 and 01 levels look very strong