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NCDC is the dumping ground for the higher junior leagues like the USHL, NAHL, etc. Spots are left open in the NCDC for players that are dropped by clubs in the higher junior leagues. Local players will not play in the NCDC. Local players are regulated to USPHL Premier, Elite, and EHL. If you are a local kid and are not out west after U16, then your choices are USPHL Premier, Elite, and EHL. You will pay and you will not be on a NCDC team.
Local kids won’t play NCDC ?
Pretty sure teams are filled with Local kids. Yes your going to always have billet kids that’s normal. NCDC is not a great league but he’s still better then EHL by a lot. If you are going to try to say it’s not it’s because you have a kid in the EHL
Again different paths and sometimes you have a great success story but this is pretty much how it goes for colleges
National Team- Top line player D1
USHL- Top 6 player D1
NAHL - bottom 6 player D1
Lower end NAHL- top 6 Div 3 at a higher end D3 school
Higher end NCDC- mid pack D3 player at a good D3 team.
Lower end NCDC- good player at a lower end d3 team
EHL - bottom 6 at lower end D3/ enjoy the stands. League will have a few players that got deals to play for team so couple players end up at decent schools.
USPHL Premier - enjoy the stands and enjoy the team gear for a year or two.
There are always exceptions to the rules. But, in large part, the only local kids playing NCDC have a-s-s kissing parents associated with them. Here is how it roles in New England for local kids. I can't say I agree with it.
Local Kids with deep pockets
1) play 1 - 2 years Prep
2) then out west you go to USHL/NAHL/etc for 3 years.
3) D1 College if lucky/D3 College in the woods.
Local Kids with non-deep pockets.
1) play 1 - 2 years local high school or 4 years local high school
2) play 1 PG year at a Prep or go straight into 2 years of juniors.
3) If lucky, out west you go. More likely 1 - 2 years in EHL/USPHL Premier/Elite locally.
4) D1 College if lucky/D3 College in the woods.
Non Prep route.
1) play 4 years local high school or 4 years U16/U18 club.
2) 1 - 2 years juniors locally in EHL/USPHL Premier/Elite.
3) public D3 College/quit
Andy Moore. EHL to USHL to Northeastern in 1 year
"EHL - bottom 6 at lower end D3/ enjoy the stands. League will have a few players that got deals to play for team so couple players end up at decent schools.
USPHL Premier - enjoy the stands and enjoy the team gear for a year or two."
Sadly for the kids and the parents who paid the bill, this is 100% accurate. Not bashing them either but it's the reality of the talent going into D3 now.