Leading scorer in state 16 tourney. Against the best of the best. Carried team to title. Yep. D3
JT didn't play "elite" either. Played 4 N*s.
Prep season is 3 months long - Is it worth the expense? Why not play high level split seasons and Public HS if it's good quality? Let's eliminate the top top preps - are they rest much better than top catholics or top publics. For the 9-10th grader why not play high end split season and public high school - if you're good move on from there. Tough to justify the expense for prep or the travel for full season??? It's really a shame how the high school hockey experience has changed so dramatically in 20 years.
I don't think anyone is saying MIAA is good as a WHOLE.
My point is that Prep or FS U16 isn't the end all be all for every good player, or even to develop good players.
There are still very good players at the MIAA level who can either move on to Prep later or Juniors, which most of the Prep/FS kids end up going anyways for ages 19/20. Split season and summer showcases prove it. There are MIAA kids all over the ice competing and doing well against the alleged cream of the crop Prepsters.
Playing MIAA in winter, good split in the Fall and quality summer showcases won't hurt a solid player one bit.
The best was the prep or full season dad hardo - "Yeah, but what about the kids who like to play real hockey?"
And the reply - "they're out in the Midwest playing in the USHL"
Hahahaha, never a hero in your home town!
Some of the traditional public strong teams look like they've lost their hockey players and are now fielding teams with kids who have hockey as their second or third sport. Won't be good is my guess.