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Looking at the commitments this summer and I'm curious why kids who are going D3 are better players then the D1 connected kids. I mean, have you watched these kids play? They do not deserve D1 roster spots at all, and will most likely not even make it, yet the kids who are working hard, developing and taking over games are barely getting D3 looks. WTF is going on!
Maybe it’s that all these new coaches are paying back the favors they promised if they ever “ made it big”.
Well, put your money where you mouth is, name the DI/DII kids in question?? It doesn't take much effort to make sweeping comments about something without being specific? Sounds like a disgruntled parent? Sorry your kid is going to play club
Hope the kid took school(college)seriously and will wrap up his AHL career and be able to utilize his degree.If you haven't noticed, there's lots of former D1 guys kicking around the rinks looking for paychecks. Lot's of hockey players are smart kids but there are others who get blinded by the attention and blow off school and study college hockey. Hopefully these kids are getting internships in the off season to prep them because reality hits hard when it arrives as we all know. Hopefully dad will respond telling us he is taking law school classes or working for a vc firm in the off season.
It continues, another instagram post from a son of a former nhl guy headed to Cambridge. I'm convinced there are no less than 100 kids in greater Boston that are not committed that are much better.
The lineage crap gets very tiring. There may be two D committed around here across four age groups where you didn't see a familiar last name. I could not agree more that there are probably at least 100 kids at least equally deserving. Maybe because there are more available spots in a lot of other college sports, but the lineage stuff is way more prevalent in the hockey world. Great family, great player, great kid - I get it but there are a lot of those that fit the bill without the last name or deep rooted connections and the eye ball test will clearly tell you that seems to be the difference in getting over the commitment hurdle.
It seems like no matter how many times people tell you, these comitments do not mean anything, people still get all worked up about it. The comitment is a marketing tool. Universities are businesses so when a kid announces, their circle of contacts and followers all see that. Drives traffic to the site, interest in thier program and hopefully more tours and applicaitons, which it is their job to create. If a kid is dominant at 15 (and I mean really dominant) they will probably be dominant or at least a standout at 20 (thats life, some guys are just good). For most they will either get better or worse and are all over the place. That is why there are so many hockey leagues now. If my kid commits at 15 or 16 and the NCAA does not want them until they are 21, that is at least 5 years of hockey before they ever play a game. So much can happen over that time. My suggestion is to shut down your twitter account and instagram etc. Who needs it.
Lets not forget its a marketing tool for the kid too. Lot easier to make some of these top leagues and teams or find a new commitment when you are already committed.
As 26 did with the other boy too. Plays the strategy game very well. I think we all saw the televised game this past June. These lineage kids are all walked through the process early on which includes getting the little logo next to your name before National Camp, NHL draft or whatever the next IMPORTANT thing is. Cant say they are wrong thinking this helps them. Immediately perceived as being better than the kid with a logo next to his name.
My son uses these commitments as energy. Energy to outplay these kids, put them through the boards, maybe a couple slashes after the whistle, offer to fight, etc. Amazing how soft many of those kids are!
Those "superstar cant miss" juniors players you're thinking of still need to be accepted into these Universities academically. A kid can be a stud on a sheet of ice, but a dunce in the classroom. So guess what happens? Most D1 schools are going to pass.
Recruiters tell this to hockey parents all the time, some of you hockey parents refuse to listen.