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Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Kid was lightning fast, a sure thing to advance to the next skate. Dad sat next to me, kid started playing 3 years ago and is just very athletic. Also, who was the new face in the net? Appeared to be very very strong. Never seen him and didnt recognize him. Was he the kid that plays in Quebec but parents live in MA?

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

My son skated in the second group.. he didn’t have it today. Grey had 4 strong forwards that should move on.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Putting good kids with bad kids really doesn't make anyone look very good. I would be shocked if anyone from that first group moved forward. Even the "big name" players looked pretty bad.


Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Wouldn’t they take the same kids from last year with a few new ones sprinkled in? Look at last years list, those kids didn’t just stop developing.
I have an 05 so next year is our first shot at this but just seems to make sense.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Anon
Wouldn’t they take the same kids from last year with a few new ones sprinkled in? Look at last years list, those kids didn’t just stop developing.
I have an 05 so next year is our first shot at this but just seems to make sense.
Kids develop at different rates. Kids who made it last year dont have a leg up usually. They take the best kids they view plain and simple. One kid may have grown 6" and got stronger compared to last year. Usually there is a pretty big turnover in players selected.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

If the Terriers old coaches kid makes it again, I give up faith on all humanity! Just saying.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Stayed to watch second group-2-3 Kids from Dexter, Goalie from Selects, kid from Pics, 1 other should move on with no issue.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

^^^^Ya,those are good players, but the bulk of the picks will take place this weekend.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Saw lots of varsity prep skaters today at least 4-6 which should move forward.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Don’t they invite 60 kids or more to the festival?

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Yes, the festival is usually 4 teams of 12 forwards 6/8 D and 2 Goalies. There is 1 more tryout this weekend, then emails will go out.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

When do they release the players picked for the festival?

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

I think emails go out next week to those invited to the Festival and you have a week or so to accept.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

All posted tomorrow

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

No email yet? That can’t be good

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Decisions emailed.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

anon
If the Terriers old coaches kid makes it again, I give up faith on all humanity! Just saying.
He’s on the list! What a joke by MA Hockey. Good players left out of the festival for favor picks.
Sad for the kids.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

It is sad for the other kids. Happened with the 04 group as well - A few coach’s kids on there that have no business being there. Too bad other kids get left out.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

The coaches son in question is better than at least 10 other kids on that 03 list of 63 skaters. That stuff does happen but not in this case for the first list.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

It’s all a joke. GFY MA Hockey. How can a kid have 3 USHL invites, 2 college offers and not make this festival? Spoke to the coaches last night and they just laughed about it.
1 coach offered to “make s call” but we declined, MA hockey is just a dishonest organization that will never improve Hockey for our kids.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Your kid had an off day, just like you will today at work because you are so twisted about this. That was a funny line about 3 Ushl and 2 college offers. You and I know that isnt the case.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Anon
It’s all a joke. GFY MA Hockey. How can a kid have 3 USHL invites, 2 college offers and not make this festival? Spoke to the coaches last night and they just laughed about it.
1 coach offered to “make s call” but we declined, MA hockey is just a dishonest organization that will never improve Hockey for our kids.
Tons of kids get USHL camp invites - its a money maker for them.

2nd - Dont believe the college offers line at all - if thats the case and your son didnt even make the 1st wave of cuts for the festival then you better run back and accept those offers.

Finally, its about making it to New York for the US Camp. If your player didnt make the first cut then he wasnt go to make the final cut.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Anon
Anon
It’s all a joke. GFY MA Hockey. How can a kid have 3 USHL invites, 2 college offers and not make this festival? Spoke to the coaches last night and they just laughed about it.
1 coach offered to “make s call” but we declined, MA hockey is just a dishonest organization that will never improve Hockey for our kids.
Tons of kids get USHL camp invites - its a money maker for them.

2nd - Dont believe the college offers line at all - if thats the case and your son didnt even make the 1st wave of cuts for the festival then you better run back and accept those offers.

Finally, its about making it to New York for the US Camp. If your player didnt make the first cut then he wasnt go to make the final cut.
Agree with you on most of this but you do know they already know who is going to New York right? That was determined during the season, this is just a money maker for MA Hockey.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Something seems more than a little off here.

More than half of the Rats and Whalers teams that just went to Nationals didn't crack the top 63 skaters.

Many other pretty good kids that played Prep and decent level HS not on the list. Others are complete no names.

A) They didn't tryout
B) Mass Hockey evaluators not watching and goofing off with buddies.
C) Mass Hockey evaluators/directors have, um, "a different criteria" of picking kids..
D) Nobody really cares, money grab

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

^^^This 100%

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

The same group as last year will be invited to the camp with one add to replace the one that is going to "the team". You've got the same family advisors and prep coaches pushing to keep their guys on the map.

Why do they need to drag this out to 3 separate showings? NE did it in one weekend and then everyone moves on.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

30 New names from last year, is that common? So the 30 kids from last year just stopped developing in the eyes of MA Hockey? Wont make this mistake again.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

anon
30 New names from last year, is that common? So the 30 kids from last year just stopped developing in the eyes of MA Hockey? Wont make this mistake again.
Makes sense...lets not get crazy there are about 10 real good players that are locks and the rest are interchangeable on any given day.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

And those 10 real good players are not much better than those that are interchangeable. Anyone there saw some of the " Household Names" struggling yet they still are on this list. Some of the " Names" are starting to get figured out but it's amazing though how long they have been able to carry the Label. Some of these kids were the big kids early and seemed to be way ahead, not the case anymore.
Dad working behind the scenes helps.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Anon
anon
30 New names from last year, is that common? So the 30 kids from last year just stopped developing in the eyes of MA Hockey? Wont make this mistake again.
Makes sense...lets not get crazy there are about 10 real good players that are locks and the rest are interchangeable on any given day.
ding ding ding

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

anon
30 New names from last year, is that common? So the 30 kids from last year just stopped developing in the eyes of MA Hockey? Wont make this mistake again.
Pretty sure USA Hockey said the turnover rate from 15 to 16 national camp attendees is about 50% so 30 new names would seem about right

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

I understand the anger, my kid got cut from last year also. I told him to be better..plan and simple, be better to get what you want. Congrats to the boys who made it.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Anon
Anon
It’s all a joke. GFY MA Hockey. How can a kid have 3 USHL invites, 2 college offers and not make this festival? Spoke to the coaches last night and they just laughed about it.
1 coach offered to “make s call” but we declined, MA hockey is just a dishonest organization that will never improve Hockey for our kids.
Tons of kids get USHL camp invites - its a money maker for them.

2nd - Dont believe the college offers line at all - if thats the case and your son didnt even make the 1st wave of cuts for the festival then you better run back and accept those offers.

Finally, its about making it to New York for the US Camp. If your player didnt make the first cut then he wasnt go to make the final cut.
Did yesterday. D1, thank you for your concern.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Anon
Anon
Anon
It’s all a joke. GFY MA Hockey. How can a kid have 3 USHL invites, 2 college offers and not make this festival? Spoke to the coaches last night and they just laughed about it.
1 coach offered to “make s call” but we declined, MA hockey is just a dishonest organization that will never improve Hockey for our kids.
Tons of kids get USHL camp invites - its a money maker for them.

2nd - Dont believe the college offers line at all - if thats the case and your son didnt even make the 1st wave of cuts for the festival then you better run back and accept those offers.

Finally, its about making it to New York for the US Camp. If your player didnt make the first cut then he wasnt go to make the final cut.
Did yesterday. D1, thank you for your concern.
So your kid committed D1 yesterday but didn’t make the Festival cut?

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Anon
Anon
Anon
Anon
It’s all a joke. GFY MA Hockey. How can a kid have 3 USHL invites, 2 college offers and not make this festival? Spoke to the coaches last night and they just laughed about it.
1 coach offered to “make s call” but we declined, MA hockey is just a dishonest organization that will never improve Hockey for our kids.
Tons of kids get USHL camp invites - its a money maker for them.

2nd - Dont believe the college offers line at all - if thats the case and your son didnt even make the 1st wave of cuts for the festival then you better run back and accept those offers.

Finally, its about making it to New York for the US Camp. If your player didnt make the first cut then he wasnt go to make the final cut.
Did yesterday. D1, thank you for your concern.
So your kid committed D1 yesterday but didn’t make the Festival cut?
haha....my kid made it so he must be getting drafted

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Anon
Anon
Anon
It’s all a joke. GFY MA Hockey. How can a kid have 3 USHL invites, 2 college offers and not make this festival? Spoke to the coaches last night and they just laughed about it.
1 coach offered to “make s call” but we declined, MA hockey is just a dishonest organization that will never improve Hockey for our kids.
Tons of kids get USHL camp invites - its a money maker for them.

2nd - Dont believe the college offers line at all - if thats the case and your son didnt even make the 1st wave of cuts for the festival then you better run back and accept those offers.

Finally, its about making it to New York for the US Camp. If your player didnt make the first cut then he wasnt go to make the final cut.
Did yesterday. D1, thank you for your concern.
Then AT LEAST one of these apply...

1. You're full of crap.
2. The powers to be at Mass Hockey either hate you or your kid.
3. D1 school doesn't know enough about you or your kid personally yet. When they do, they will de-commit.

Re: 03 MA Hockey Festival Tryouts

Anon
Anon
Anon
Anon
It’s all a joke. GFY MA Hockey. How can a kid have 3 USHL invites, 2 college offers and not make this festival? Spoke to the coaches last night and they just laughed about it.
1 coach offered to “make s call” but we declined, MA hockey is just a dishonest organization that will never improve Hockey for our kids.
Tons of kids get USHL camp invites - its a money maker for them.

2nd - Dont believe the college offers line at all - if thats the case and your son didnt even make the 1st wave of cuts for the festival then you better run back and accept those offers.

Finally, its about making it to New York for the US Camp. If your player didnt make the first cut then he wasnt go to make the final cut.
Did yesterday. D1, thank you for your concern.
Then AT LEAST one of these apply...

1. You're full of crap.
2. The powers to be at Mass Hockey either hate you or your kid.
3. D1 school doesn't know enough about you or your kid personally yet. When they do, they will de-commit.
Or 4: Don't see the need to post it on Twitter, or Instagram, or make a big deal out of it and ask for favors from anyone at MA Hockey. My son is quietly headed to a good place in few years and we are proud of him. Yes he tried out and Yes MA Hockey did not pick him because they don't know of him, but they soon will.