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Good post, but long.
Responding to last 2 posters.
If 03 or big, good 04, then yes, USPHL u16 a good 1 year option. If an 02, forget about it. No chance at heading to prep after this year. Enjoy the local weak talent and the last year or two of your son’s hockey experience. If playing USPHL at u18 level then you are just a sucker...T1EL, NAPHL or even ECEL has better record of promoting players. Travel stinks but at u16 if you are not headed to Midwest a few times a year you are not getting the best return on your tuition. Anyone can stay local and thump the USPHL teams. Unfortunately even the Syracuse and Rochester teams now stink losing all talent to Rochester Coalition, Regals and Jr Sabres.
Locally, mostly leagues equal. Key is:
1. Ice time - amount, access to, # practices, skills, off-ice, # games (70+) and # lines on team
3. Out of league games/tourneys against national talent pool
5. Org connections and validation by hockey world
There are 3 FS orgs locally that are truly connected. Lovell being #1, Jr Bruins #2, Islanders were #3. Kings used to be in mix but haven’t been in last few years since SH left. The #3 spot will probably be up for the grabs as it is well known in the coaching community at the college ranks that they are basically boycotting RG with this USPHL separation from USA hockey and him forcing the Merrimack coach out. Plus, he’s a donkey and arrogant to deal with so very much on the outside per most college coaches. If you want your kid to play local college hockey, run from him as he will not get a real look anymore because of RG, especially at Merrimack.
Good comments, very insightful and accurate. I suspect that there will be some 02’s playing USPHL who go prep after this season, just as there were a number of 01’s who went prep after last season. Probably more 03’s (and maybe even 04’s) than 02’s as a percentage who go prep after this season.
None on the local teams
2 Weeks before start of season and no schedules for U18 or U16 Teams.. hows your season planning going? Suckers.
I get the guy saying "1 day at a time, its not youth hockey" but if they posted the NCDC, Premiere an Elite schedules already I too would be a little annoyed at no U18, U16, U15 schedules posted.
Sorry your kid plays in the USPHL in the first place
Another day and still no schedule. Hey, maybe your coach can set-up some scrimmages with all the other teams with no schedule. Sorry your league cut everyone. In all seriousness, I would be very concerned that everyone is saying "The league is just finalizing a few things" like how many teams don't have enough kids to make a team.