Its SUPPOSE to be about academics and not hockey, but tell that to the ones that are leaving prep for the USHL, NAHL, BCHL, OHL, NCDC et.
It has NEVER EVER been about academics or anything else other than the hockey. So once the hockey goes away, so does the talent. When the pandemic ends things will return to normal. The top players will be back at prep and parents will go back to repeating the humble brag, it\'s about the education.
My son is at Prep and it is 100% for hockey. He is working to play in college and at 16 the best option for him was to go play at Prep school. FS teams in the area stink so the best option for exposure was to go to prep. Hope it works out but I will never say it was for the academics, his public school was just fine. 100% Hockey decision.
My son is at Prep and it is 100% for academics. He is working to do well in life and at 16 the best option for him was to go to Prep school. FS teams in the area stink but it would have worked out fine, because they’re all playing junior after HS anyway. I know it will work out because no one ever said they thought Prep school was a detriment in life. But I will never say it was for the hockey. The academics at his public school were just fine, but Prep is still better. 100% Academic decision.
Ok, So I guess I should have said that..I guess its a win win for him, but if not for the hockey opportunity he would have not gone.
That is a different equation. Having a kid that’s good enough to leverage hockey to get most or all of their Prep tuition paid is a win-win, as you said.
Unfortunately, for some parents it really is 100% about the hockey. They’ve lost sight of the importance of a Prep school education. They’re also the ones headed for Tampa in a couple of weeks and putting their kid’s education at risk. Some of those kids may be good enough to pull it off, then again the best kids went to the U or NA. Some may not see the edge if the cliff that’s right in front of them.
Go for the academics. The hockey will take care of itself.