What is the latest? Teams picked? Is this worth it with ncaa quiet period extended?
You didn’t get the phone call ? Plan b ?
Shucks...I thought my kid was a lock..
Shhhhh.. we just wanted emails to spam, we are not announcing the “draft”, but it’s for the kids who couldn’t play due to Covid.
So did they do the draft today? Would think it would be posted somewhere? Why is this turning into such a members only event.
What happened to more nhl scouts wanting to help, bla, bla...league not happening with kids not able to leave campus and dark period extended, it’s done.
Yes it is. It will be great. Sorry your kid got cut.
NZ guys oddly quiet on social today. Perhaps something is up. Prep liberal dictators from Milton, RL and Nobles trying to shutdown Ian’s league. It won’t happen. Have you seen his fight videos.
Hey bdoarders, if neutralzone dosent pick your kid for PHL, let’s put them out of business. If your prep kid has not Ben able to play due to Covid and they don’t “draft” your kid, then cancel your membership, all your kid needs is a an elite prospect page to send to a coach, let’s see nz put their money where their mouth is!
Is the last poster Jeffrey Cox? Everyone come to NEHJ. He is starting a phl made up of former pro players kids just like his articles.
Hey, its all about the kids, and 100 other influencers
where is the player list posted?
I still believe its a great idea but play middle of May to July when Preps are out of school. Good exposure is needed this year and they have the connections to get it done. Make it 6 teams to keep everyone happy, charge $850 per player, 1 90 minute practice and 2 games a week.
This is what happens when you announce something without really thinking about it. Maybe all the NHL scouts have been debating over these 4 teams for 10 days. Gonna be uge, uge, make hockey great again.
Some interesting selections and some expected names as well. let's get this rolling
My son is so honored to be drafted by these guys. Its going to be great
Where is the list?
Still a work in progress. This guy is just F'ing with you.
So they need to narrow down 500 plus players AND find the ones that will pay whatever they are charging AND keep members happy. That shouldn’t take long.
Whole thing fell apart tonight. Nothing to see here
No Tweets, No Instagram teasers, No NHL scouts, No Hockey, No responses, NO BUENO!
This really stinks, was looking forward to seeing some good hockey, typical for this season
Its still on. Give it a week or two.
Interesting they are waiting for any announcement, other teams are scooping up the prep kids. Many boarding schools are requiring kids to commit to stay on campus or doing remote classes for the spring and with the silence from the league they are missing out on top players. I have advised our families to stay on campus as it doesn’t look like this will be very beneficial to anyone.
I have advised our families... go back to college and get a real job. Vulture
Unusual behavior from Ian, Murph, and others at NZ. Something is up. Those guys are very active on social media and they have been silent since late last week. Sure the retweet, but no videos in a while. Something is going on. Intentional or owner shut them down or what’s up??
NzPHL sighting on Twitter.. somethings happening...
We have movement
Glad to see Murph is alive. Ian still MIA.
Admittedly getting second hand info on this league but I hope it doesn’t end up with just Dexter, Thayer, Rivers kids
More cartoonish memes this morning. Getting the feeling this league is just going to be a joke. No real info, stupid memes, not worth 1800.
If you were included, you’d. Already have all the info that you are looking for. Enjoy lacrosse season.
Not true dbag.
Is there info posted about this league anywhere? When does it run? Where do they play? How much it costs? Is it games and practices? Arent kids in school still? Help me understand!
Middle of April until June
2-3 practices and 2 games a week
Somewhere in MA
Taken the Top 40 F 30 D and 8 G out of 500+ applicants is a no win. Is it just NHL draft eligible kids they taking? Are you really going to take a small 05 over a grown 02 or 03? What's to criteria for picking kids? If the kid played less than 5 games this year should he be taken seeing the purpose of the league was to get exposure for kids who didn't play due to the pandemic? Love how open they are about everything but not a good business move. Is it just New England residents or is it open to all states/ countries? Maybe its NZ start rating? Cant wait to see rosters, will be Dboard gold and NZ membership is going to get clobbered.
This league has nothing to do with kids who lost a season, this league will be full of D1 commits, guys back from USHL and Central scouting kids.
If you are a MIAA kid, don’t get your hopes up, if your an average prep player, don’t get your hopes up, this league is not for you guys
Does my kid ( young man) stand a better chance of being drafted if i “ Like” all of the Twitter posts from the founders of the PHL?
There's the tweet of justification. We want the players that D1 scouts couldn't see enough of. So the 1%ers are the ones they want. Now, they need to get those 1%ers to pay. This has been entertaining to watch unfold. Thank you NZ.
Not many high end players are Interested in it. No upside, still a dead period. Save the money and use it on a skating coach.
Thanks Jeff Cox. NZ is hiring when the timing is right for you.
Why didn’t they take anyone from Dexter?
Good group of picks but are all of these borders going remote just to play for 10 weeks in front of nobody? Team Black. I’ll take the players I saw last night.. all of them.
Guys, now they have to convince all those players to pay for it. Games are going to end up being 7v9
You don’t think the kids who were selected want to play?? The boys emailed their availability because they want a hockey season. For the most part they go to schools that charge $50k/yr, you think money is going to be a problem?
Stop trying to crap on one of the only groups that is trying to help these boys.
This is the same boring list of kids we have been seeing since brick tryouts 9 years ago. Way to go out on a limb and invite deserving kids that could use a chance to be seen rather than the ones that have been shoved down everyone’s throats forever. Zzzzzz
Ouch! Sorry your bender got cut!
And there is the same boring response.
You’ve been harboring this anger and jealousy for 9 years?!? Get help man.
Yeah what he said
Will they be not be playing each other? I’ll put a few teams of the field together to play the chosen ones. You think now that MA is opening up these kids want to spend 5 days a week for 10 weeks back in the rink. Nope.
Haha. Love the mafia talk tough guy
Curious how so many "out of region" kids plan to participate in the league. The real shame will be if some of these kids took the spot of a local kid and only plan to show up once a week...
^^Agree, they missed the mark with this one. Good news is that now all these kids are locked into a small league playing only each other. Local kids that actually need exposure now have the opportunity to fill spots on established teams and play in the better events. Zero kids will want to be alternates for these guys now, hope they get full rosters for all their games.
1 big decision all kids and families need to make is coaching. Are these old timers who you want coaching/developing young athletes? Lots of whiteboard work and screaming in the future for the “drafted” player. Do this drill, little Tommy, go show how to do it, I can’t my knee hurts. 1 coach may never leave the couch.
In all honesty this was the last straw, my son wants to quit because of this stupid draft. We talk about kids mental health but literally s hit on them at the same time. These guys are complete d icks, don’t trust them for a second, last week he was in, all of a sudden not on the radar.
My son was picked and 1 piece of advice for all of those who were selected. When discussing the fee, remember that they need you more than your kid needs this league. Consumer power at its finest. A draft for a pay league?
I don’t know, I guess we just took them at their word that they were speaking to junior, college and NHL coaches and scouts. And no my bender doesn’t attend dexter.
This started off as a nice idea but ended up completely off the rails with too many voices telling them what to do. It was about having a local opportunity for high end player that missed out this winter. For them to be seen. It has ended up with players from all over and has that typical feel. It is the same old crap. MS and CJF are playing in the ushl. Do they need to be seen. No. MC is committed to Harvard. Give me a break. WK is related to the Lovells and is good but does it belong in this list. Players from VT Academy and boarding schools in NY???? ‘01s? There are so many great players missing. Good news for RB hockey there are 500+ players waiting for a spring league.
WOW...That is awesome! Where in the USHL are these guys playing? That league keeps pretty good stats on their website even if you just dress for a game, you are listed.
There is a big difference between "visiting" your USHL team and "playing" for your USHL team.
Dumb ass question. You had to apply to be considered. Obviously many players didnt even apply due to conflicts.
Gotta love the 14-15yo picks, they sure missed out on a lot during this pandemic and need the extra exposure because why?
My son brought this league to my attention Saturday. I’m a bit of a law nerd and find this fascinating. A company that charges a fee to customers for unbiased analysis of athletes is now offering “some” of there customers a new completely biased service. Does not get more unethical than this. That’s like the cable company offering your neighbor HBO for $10 per month but not offering you anything because they like them more. Unethical.
The other part is they give athletes star ratings on their site as part of their service. So let’s say there are 20 kids with the same unbiased star rating but only 8 were offered a spot in their league, unfortunately that falls under discrimination by law. That could have been avoided by holding a tryout.
Like I said I’m a law nerd and some of it is cheeky but it is business law. I would guess consumers will drop their subscriptions but these are hockey parents so who knows what legal actions they will take.
In short, don’t offer biased services to select customers.
I have read some ridiculous stuff on this website but claiming that picking some kids and not others to play in a spring hockey league constitutes discrimination may be the dumbest.
There is nothing “neutral” when you hold a draft picking kids. Nice idea but horribly executed and a dumb move in general. Why do mostly committed kids need a showcase when they haven’t really lost anything? I haven’t heard of any de-commits because of covid. It’s the kids who aren’t committed that have been hosed the most. That draft was far from independent and watching it live they showed their cards with some of their comments where they let it slip. Practically though, good luck getting half these kids to pay the full $, attend these practices and show up to games when they are in Vermont? and CT? Some of the kids they drafted play high level lax and baseball which didn’t have a season last year so they are anxious to play. At the same time, colleges are in a dead period until May 31st so no one you care about is watching this live and they already committed a decent amount already so they don’t need to watch crappy video of ‘02s and ‘03s playing ‘06s to judge their game further. I know some of the committed kids are being told its not worth the injury risk by their agents. What bothers me is seeing kids who don’t touch the ice at their prep school being selected because of their connections but yea the NHL independent scouts really want to see that ’05. It’s comical and further evidence of how the hockey world truly works and this time disguised under the banner of an unbiased web site. Basically every kid taken was connected either by an agent or by one organization/owner where one guy from NZ works. I’m obviously ****** they didn’t draft my kid who got screwed but he’ll use it as motivation and stay at it because he loves the sport and is driven. I actually do hope it works out for the uncommitted kids in the league and they drafted a lot of talented kids but I won’t be reading about it as I cancelled my subscription. Hard to pay for a neutral service when its clearly BS.
My son didn't "apply" as he is out of state and won't be leaving school for this. But I can understand the frustration. It comes down to what NZ's mission statement is. Is it to scout players and write as much on the top players so that they can say "look, we wrote about him 9 times in 2 years" when they do well, OR, is it to promote all players and try and find players that others may not be talking about.
If the latter, they likely should have just created a "non-committed" league - anyone with a college commit or high levels junior tender / draft pick should not be eligible. Instead what they have done is just created another off season skills camp.
Huge misstep by these guys. Alienated 99.9% of their customer base for what? I would guess someone wants to get into coaching ranks again or better scouting situation? Blow it up and move on. What a mess created for no reason at all. Can't stand by a company like this, subscription cancelled.
IM didn’t get to see them enough at the BJE’s Skills sessions or the private lessons at Boch. Not even the best forwards on the team. The best DMan is there and he doesn’t live on the North Shore. Nepotism and Cronyism alive and well.
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Based on the rosters, I would be shocked if this starts before June. You have seniors at boarding schools that won't be back until June. If they are on campus, why would they leave campus for their last couple months of HS to play against kids they have been playing with against their whole lives.
Not to mention many in that group play baseball and lacrosse for their schools so not sure how that will work.
All Jr Eagles and IM Skills guys for the 06’s. Not a coincidence.
They picked 06's? Why would an 02 or 03 want to play with 06's - especially if they just came of their prep team playing with/against younger kids. I don't care if it is Gretzky...that makes no sense.
This league is full of talent, but who is going to be happy on a third line? 1 puck, 5 guys at a time. Can’t wait to watch this! Kaaaboom! Pssst.. be prepared for locker room fights.
If you're so upset about this, head over to Dexter and buy yourself a $50,000 jersey. That seems to be a sure way of getting into the league.
murphy did say "its like getting into an ivy" - what he left out was the college admission scandal version of getting into an ivy where shady backroom deals were done. Seems like the right comparison to the crap that went on here.