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Re: New England Full Season

Just had kid get injured so may be looking for U14 half player. What location are you?

Re: New England Full Season

Anon
Just had kid get injured so may be looking for U14 half player. What location are you?
Westwood

Re: New England Full Season

We are North shore team.

Re: New England Full Season

You are likely in a better spot then. South of Boston a mess.

Re: New England Full Season

Send your kid out of the area. Best option for anyone older than 15. Every mid-west FS team packed with 4 lines of talent, lots of ice, good development. Even the mighty Lovells have become only about money and can’t field full competitive teams.

SKS and Mount only real options in New England, both to rich for my wallet

Re: New England Full Season

Anon
My son went this direction...team only has 8 Fs and 3 D so far. Should he bail? Seems like too many teams for kids.

Feel like we were sold a bill of goods...
Yes, he should bail. Sure, they might find more players - that don't want to be there or aren't any good. Sure, they'll limp through the year, but how much is your kid going to develop?

I'm sure the coaching can't be very good, either, or he'd never have let this happen.

It's early, if you have a network, use it top get on a team that is not quite as bad off. Maybe one that needs one or two, not 10.

Re: New England Full Season

Anon
My son went this direction...team only has 8 Fs and 3 D so far. Should he bail? Seems like too many teams for kids.

Feel like we were sold a bill of goods...
U14? If so, my experience is it's coach/org dependent. U14 FS is the wasteland of youth hockey, I feel bad for all the kids who are 14 year old 8th graders. Inevitably parents commit to FS but can't resist letting their kids tryout for HS. Suddenly 1/3 of your team disappears after Thanksgiving. By the same token, some teams pick up some pretty good players in the second half of the season when parents get the rude wake up that their kid isn't playing varsity as a freshman and they only went the 1/2 season option.

If you are with a solid organization, MMF, IHC, BA, etc., I would hang in and realize that you are likely to pick up players after Thanksgiving, and they aren't bottom of the barrel kids. If you are with one of the mid or lower tier programs, chances are pretty good you won't pick up much and will actually lose a few players so look for a better spot if you can.

If this is a U15-U18 FS team and it's this short now, "run Forest, run!" Just understand, you ain't getting a refund.

Re: New England Full Season

If south of Boston probably Kong’s or Giants. Both are a mess without enough players. Both teams taking 1/2 or under agers just to get a few lines. Both laughable. Throw in the fact that both have watered down juniors team in same boat and it makes it worse. Rumor has it Lovells can’t even field a team for there new junior Knights. They have become a joke.

If north of Boston, Islanders will have opposite problem, but 5 lines rough and 3 of them are terrible and just paying RG to have a kid in a team. Ironically Generals seemed to field a full team that are ok.

For NH, Cyclones and Seacoast in same boat as 2nd rate Lovell and Kings programs. Monarchs have full squads.

Anything west of Worcester...well.

Re: New England Full Season

Where is the development path for a 8th-10th grade player? Public school hockey is tough, FS teams are all a mess, and Prep a ton of money and kid may not be ready to play there yet. It's seems really hard to find a good developmental path for a very good (not top player) in that age group??

Re: New England Full Season

anon
Where is the development path for a 8th-10th grade player? Public school hockey is tough, FS teams are all a mess, and Prep a ton of money and kid may not be ready to play there yet. It's seems really hard to find a good developmental path for a very good (not top player) in that age group??
It happens outside the team. Way more development from working on individual strengths and weaknesses than team-based stuff. Summers become really important at that age. Kids can take true leaps forward as they grow into their changing bodies.

In-season, have him play where he can play, highest level possible where he can still get lots of ice. League and level no longer matter. Kids don't develop as much watching other kids play.

Of course, finding good coaching and anyone that is willing to be honest with you and your kid becomes a challenge. Everyone wants to have their hands in your pockets.

Re: New England Full Season

Anon
anon
Where is the development path for a 8th-10th grade player? Public school hockey is tough, FS teams are all a mess, and Prep a ton of money and kid may not be ready to play there yet. It\'s seems really hard to find a good developmental path for a very good (not top player) in that age group??
It happens outside the team. Way more development from working on individual strengths and weaknesses than team-based stuff. Summers become really important at that age. Kids can take true leaps forward as they grow into their changing bodies.

In-season, have him play where he can play, highest level possible where he can still get lots of ice. League and level no longer matter. Kids don't develop as much watching other kids play.

Of course, finding good coaching and anyone that is willing to be honest with you and your kid becomes a challenge. Everyone wants to have their hands in your pockets.
Spot on advice. I'll add, full season team's are only a mess at U-14 in my experience. Those players/parents that choose the FS option after freshman year of HS are usually very dedicated to the team especially if it's a strong program.

As for how to navigate U-14, there are lot's of choices and you have to simply figure out which one is best for your player and your family.

Re: New England Full Season

Wrong. Most all U16s and u18 FS hockey broken around here. Not enough players and poor talent. Teams with 9 - 13 players? Really? Lovells and USPHL owners should put ego aside, stand behind their “development claims” and form a few good, fully staffed, competitive teams.

Then again they have Porsches and nice summer houses to pay for!

Re: New England Full Season

T1EHL moves the most players to USHL than D1. Than Minnesota HS, Than NE Prep.

Re: New England Full Season

Anon
T1EHL moves the most players to USHL than D1. Than Minnesota HS, Than NE Prep.
Relevance? There's no T1EHL in New England.

Re: New England Full Season

Anon
Anon
T1EHL moves the most players to USHL than D1. Than Minnesota HS, Than NE Prep.
Relevance? There's no T1EHL in New England.
..... and therein lies the problem.

Re: New England Full Season

Full season hockey around here could be great....

But it won’t.

1) Greedy owners - too expensive and not many orgs run professionally - cuts into the Porsche and Range Rover funds

2) Bad part time coaches that can’t recruit or actually teach the game

3) Too many teams

4) Rapid advancement of players - playing up not good most of the time as it waters down the game


Prep or leaving area only real way to go.

Re: New England Full Season

South Kent Selects
Mount Saint Charles Academy
Junior Bruins
NH Monarchs

In that order, are only full season options in New England

Good players, legitimate programs, very good coaching.

Run from any other program. That now includes any of the Lovell ones. BA was good, no more. They have 3 local teams now. Totally watered down and now just a money grab.

Islanders and Cyclones have multiple teams, RG carrying 5 lines each just for the money..






Re: New England Full Season

Anon
South Kent Selects
Mount Saint Charles Academy
Junior Bruins
NH Monarchs

In that order, are only full season options in New England

Good players, legitimate programs, very good coaching.

Run from any other program. That now includes any of the Lovell ones. BA was good, no more. They have 3 local teams now. Totally watered down and now just a money grab.

Islanders and Cyclones have multiple teams, RG carrying 5 lines each just for the money..






Jr Bruins not what they were. Masters boys spend all their time on the 16 Brick teams they are trotting around the country, gullible parents in tow. Anderson only cares about his NCDC team, FS is how he funds that.

Re: New England Full Season

Most college commitments.

BA U15/16/18 T1EHL
USPHL
Prep

In that order.

Re: New England Full Season

Holy crap Batman. Put down the crack pipe you FS Lovell lover! You are either TL, JL, KP or RL. All tool bags.

Most peeps would kill those FS teams.

As far as “commits”.....older Gaudreau wasn’t a BA FS player. Prep to USHL. Younger brother? 4th liner at ME, if he dresses. SD? BC ready to pull plug on him. Little TL? Will never play D1 hockey. Unfortunately too small. Other 2 guys on his team? Come on now. All publicity stunts. Merrimack and HC? Really? UNH brothers? Maybe the younger one....SD only one who playing in USHL. We’ll see how he does. Monarchs had 1 commit, who can’t make a USHL team.

USPHL? Doesn’t even warrant a response.

Prep....I would start typing but way to many to list. I think I made my point.

TL, sorry your programs are over rated...

Re: New England Full Season

Thanks JR hope all is well in Breaker land

Re: New England Full Season

Looks like one of the Lovell brothers or their butt boys is sensitive!

Sorry your teams aren’t good and you are only in it for the money!

Re: New England Full Season

Anon
Holy crap Batman. Put down the crack pipe you FS Lovell lover! You are either TL, JL, KP or RL. All tool bags.

Most peeps would kill those FS teams.

As far as “commits”.....older Gaudreau wasn’t a BA FS player. Prep to USHL. Younger brother? 4th liner at ME, if he dresses. SD? BC ready to pull plug on him. Little TL? Will never play D1 hockey. Unfortunately too small. Other 2 guys on his team? Come on now. All publicity stunts. Merrimack and HC? Really? UNH brothers? Maybe the younger one....SD only one who playing in USHL. We’ll see how he does. Monarchs had 1 commit, who can’t make a USHL team.

USPHL? Doesn’t even warrant a response.

Prep....I would start typing but way to many to list. I think I made my point.

TL, sorry your programs are over rated...
Gaudreau played for T1EHL North Jersey Avs than USHL

Re: New England Full Season

Ahh. You mean a NJ kid???

Um, yeah...we are talking New England bozo.

Now back to your crack pipe!