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Re: Nepotism has its limits

So your saying that a kid who has played HS hockey as a senior in Massachusetts has absolutely no chance to play D3 hockey-i can think of a number of examples the last 5-7 years that would refute your claim, including a number from the town that I live in which plays D2 HS (had been D3).
A kid who has played HS hockey as a senior in Massachusetts has absolutely every chance to play D3 hockey in college. Go and look at the top 8-10 D-1 high school teams and every team has at least 4-5 kids who can play D-3 college hockey at least. The difference is many don't want to go through with it. My son's team has had a few every year provided they go a year of juniors or a PG year but many opt to go to better schools and play D-1 or D-3 club hockey. I don't know but I've seen more than a few D-3 college games and to tell you the truth, it isn't 'all that.' To think it is a reach is completely a laugh.

Re: Nepotism has its limits

I can't think of any other NCAA sport that routinely shelves players (go play juniors for a few) without burning eligibility the way hockey does. The only applicable example in other sports that I can quickly think of is JUCO for football, baseball, hockey and unless the rules have changed (which is always possible) the time a player is enrolled in JUCO starts his 5 year clock ticking. So at least in that regards, hockey is the worst.

Re: Nepotism has its limits

Make commitments binding from both sides and put an upper age limit as to what a 4th year player can play at in college (23?). Away with the 13 year old 'commits' long before anyone knows if they can play, away with the repeat kids doing two years of juniors and showing up on campus as a bearded 21 year old, enough of 'committing' when it means nothing, away with spots being pulled at the last minute because a team over committed to sign them and you're on the hook for at least X% of 4 years of college...