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I think you approach it similar to how at large bids are selected in a normal year (record, head-to-head comparisons, ranking, etc.) but maybe give MA teams a slight benefit of the doubt if things look equal.
U14s are a lock with Eagles anyway, and at U18, Eagles look like they belong there too. And at U16, there are 2 MA teams sitting just outside of the top-ten.
Rats should get in the 15's
Seems like they've already decided on most. Heard Seacoast received word that they got one - at U16.
U16 Dallas Stars are posting they got one also.
Probably 1 left up for grabs - have to wait for NY Districts to happen. If BK Selects wins, then there's 1 bid out there for a Mass team.
Have to figure Honeybaked and Fox Motors are locks.
MA will have a team at each level. They chose not to have a tournament but will choose teams at each level.
BJE at 14, 16 & 18
NVRR at 15
There may be an additional at large bid from MA but I doubt it.
What's your sales pitch for choosing BJE over Wizards and CCW at U16?
Especially considering they are ranked lower, and they have another year at U16 coming up.
USA Hockey was and is ****** that MA Hockey did not have states or try to come up with some games to determine a winner at each birth year. The 11 other districts did hold districts to determine their representatives. As most of you know MA is one of two states (MN) that has their own district as an state and has automatics bids at each birth year, that is unless you don't hold a state tournament then your automatic bids are negated and become at large bids and MA Hockey's automatic bids were negated.
Unless you were in the top 10 in myhockey rankings which USA Hockey relies on heavily to pick at large bids you were shut out. USA Hockey was looking to punish MA Hockey for being the only district not to have a national bound competition and that they did. At U14 MA got two bids as the BJE we ranked #3 and MMF were #12 and heard they got one. At U18 BJE are ranked #8 and they got one. I think they gave MMF a bid so it was not just BJE teams that were going from MA.
Because of MA Hockey complete and utter failure to hold states or some type of competition to determine a winner at U15 & U16 MA got shut out. Yes, shut out unless one of the teams selected in front of them decides not to accept the invitation.
The team that paid the biggest price for MA Hockey's failure is the U16 CCW. They are the defending champs at the 04 birth year, have 4 plus D-1 commits and when this team has their boarding school players playing are a top team that could make a deep run.
Because the 05 BJE played up at the U16 level the River Rats were MA's best registered U15 team and probably would have won the automatic bid if states were held. But being ranked at #17 USA Hockey stuck it to them too. I can understand why USA Hockey is so upset with the incompetence of MA Hockey however taking it out on the kids who worked so hard in a crazy COVID year makes USA Hockey just as bad. Time for new leadership at MA Hockey!!!!!
MA hockey would't hold a state championship at the Tier 1 and 2 boys and girls levels, but can hold a $70 per skater one hour tryout for its $175 per player four game festival...just saying.