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Senior year did not go as planned. Thinking of PG year or juniors. My son has great grades so I don’t see the need to have him PG at a school where he has to prove he can do the academic load. Looking for a school that he can PG at but not blemish his academics that he has achieved at his current school. He is graduating high up in his class at a very reputable school. He has pretty high hockey aspirations so in my opinion, this is a hockey move as opposed to an academic move. Thoughts on schools? Is junior hockey a safer bet?
You will get all sorts of bias answers but the truth is if its a hockey decision it doesn't matter PG prep or juniors as long as he's on a good team, and a key player not buried in the lineup.
Take it for what it's worth but we've been told that if grades are in good shape then go the juniors route and play more games (as they do in a normal world). Good grades will still be there a year later. On the flip side if grades need work, PG prep might be the best option if it's there.
If grades are not an issue then Junior hockey is the way to go as long as you have good options in a good league, and make sure the team wants him as bad as he wants the team.
If grades are good, no upside of doing a PG year unless you go to a " Hockey School". Better option would be juniors. If you send him to a school with a " rigorous " curriculum, you will most likely hurt his academic profile. Stay away from the sexy schools and focus on the hockey schools where there is less of a focus on academics as you report that he has already proven himself academically. Pretty much agree with all the posters above. Have seen this backfire a few times with kids going off to the sexy big name schools and coming out with lower grades than they came in with. Also, be very careful of what the school's roster this year looks like. Count the # of forwards coming back, count the number of D coming back and count the number of goalies coming back.If they have 9 forwards coming back and your boy is a forward be careful. Remember, these coaches have also been restricted with their ability to go out and see kids some are really pushing hard to get the numbers that they need. Now, if your boy has D-1 aspirations, a PG year will only delay him another year and he will need to play real junior hockey the following year.
Save the money and just go the Juniors route. Key would be to land on one of the top few Jr. teams that advance players. With top academics you would be surprised at schools that will be open to the kid (Ivy / NESCAC) as many need to improve the average of the team so for every good student they can take a Canadian farm-boy who has a hard time stringing three words together but can be a point a game player.
Unless you want a PG year that didn't go as planned, I'd stay away from prep simply because of the pandemic. There is no guarantee that next year at this time you won't be receiving the same "out of an abundance of caution...." email notifications that have been going around this year. Vaccine is not approved for children under 18 and the studies have only just begun with minimal volunteers, it's looking like late 2022 for FDA approval which means the majority of the policies these schools currently have in place will remain. Sounds crazy right? Everyone should be well aware by now the power the parent boards/administration wield when it's a matter of public health. I'd also be looking at junior programs in areas of the country where games have been able to be played uninhibited by mandates and lockdowns.
if the grades are good, no reason to
you can always work on stardardized testing and improve that
you can take a class on line or at a CC
stay intellectually active
Some kids get looks their senior year. He is not totally wrong but the reality is your boy will likely be 21 yrs old as a freshman. Seriously though, what's the rush to go to college? The kid will likely work for 45 + years and will always look back wondering whether he was good enough at 21 to play college hockey. Go for it! PG year is a mistake given your situation.
My son repeated, this is was a wash so we are considering reclassifying and graduating this year as a senior and playing Jr hockey next year. I don't see Prep rebounding for 2-3 years after this.
Tell him to retire. Be realistic about it. If you have to ask the dboard this question and aren't being "recruited" by junior teams or prep schools how far do you think he is going to go? Spend $20k on juniors for 2 years to play D3? Every kids career ends at some point maybe yours is now..