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"NESCAC is hands down the place to go if he can get in academically."
Drinking the local Kool-aide much? If the kid is a STEM kid, has no interest in a little school or has dreams of actually having a career outside of this little part of the country no one should even look at a NESCAC school. Like how much meaningful science related research goes on at these little Podunk schools? Hardly 'great research universities.'
Outside of HYP, NESCAC is actually harder to get into than D-1 as a hockey player. Unlike D-1, NESCAC schools don't have a lot of leeway with respect to grades and test scores (e.g., you can waltz into BC with a 2.3 in high school as a hockey recruit, NESCAC schools would laugh).
College Hockey Inc data shows 113 NCAA D-1 players were on 60 rosters in 2016-2017. Those players are spread out over at least 6 birth years (e.g. this year 1995-2000), so on average there are 20 D-1 players from MA for a given birth year and each team has 27 rosters spots for 18 scholarships. Every kid should pursue their dream but parents should have the data to weigh in on their kids hockey career and decide whether (and how long) they defer college enrollment) chasing a D-1 full/partial scholarship (or D-III roster spot). Link shows some useful data to help do that.