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I bet you're the parent with several "elite" school bumper stickers on their car thinking it impresses the people behind you.
Take it for what its worth, my experience has been, advisor or no, there are a lot of guys involved in this process and its all about helping everyone justify their existence. Advisors, coaches, schools. Its all a big circle of guys helping each other make money. Schools make money off of every application so coaches want to get you in to apply. Advisors will use their buddies to help them out making it look like they had something to do with a visit you could have setup on your own with about 10 seconds work. Your kid still has to apply and get by their admissions department. Schools like cushing are easier to get into period but also very competitive from a hockey perspective. Ask them how many lines they go with each season and look at their roster and how many they are graduating (its all easy info to find). If my kid was on a 5 line team I would hope he would be on the top line, after that I would worry a lot about how much time he would get on the ice. A few schools out there like that and I think the most important part is being honest with yourself about who your child is. None of the people in the process will be honest with you. It does not serve their best interest.
Just to follow up on the original topic, many teams are struggling to fill rosters with so many prep players in lock down. I don't see fall hockey being very competitive this season.
Now that prep schools are starting up again I have to admit how wrong I was. There are alot of kids leaving prep to play some version of high level midget or jr hockey. My son called me today to tell me about 4 kids not coming back at his school and another school with 4 also not coming back. All are seniors so that makes some sense but to not make up your mind until now is just wrong.