Similar situation to above guy but we went FS. Expensive and a big commitment, but, and a big but...much better development in our situation. They skate a lot, lots of off-ice workouts, coach runs it like a college team, and seeing the development in my son. He played in a tournament with his high school buddies over the summer and there is quite a difference between him and kids that were better than him a year and a half ago. Stride, speed, skill and brains. Seems like some older HS kids flatline or simply lose the desire. So far my son’s decision is a good one.
Find the right coach and a program that is committed to your kid (practicing 4 days a week) to really get the ice they need and you getting your money’s worth.
Love this guy.
So your story doesn’t add up. He’s 12 and is in high school and eating lunch with upperclassman?
Sorry your kid plays for a crappy town HS program
Your kid loves his high school, is doing really well there, and is playing hockey. Job well done.