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Re: Hockey east over the years versus present

No different than canada now losing regularly in would junior tournaments. More competition. Same goes for NCAA. New programs with deep pockets, great facilities etc are going to change the landscape.

Re: Hockey east over the years versus present

Didn’t you know that all the best players are now playing club hockey?

Re: Hockey east over the years versus present

It's mainly because of the decline of high school hockey thanks to the USPHL. Fifteen players on University of Minnesota-Duluth last season are from Minnesota. Only two players on UMass were from Massachusetts. Hockey is no longer viable in New England.

Re: Hockey east over the years versus present

Dumb. There are a few more D1 schools around than in MN. Check all the rosters and there are planty of MA and NE kids.

Re: Hockey east over the years versus present

Studs will be studs. They don’t play USPHL. That hasn’t changed. What has changes is the current dev model is about moving the masses to be good D3 college players. So overall, more players are developing, locally though, not a good option for the studs.

Re: Hockey east over the years versus present

There are over 50 Mass players alone in HE, so development isn't really at the crux of why BU & BC have fallen off. To the OP's question, BU & BC seem to be recruiting all-stars vs teams. They were getting the most skilled players but you still need 3rd & 4th line guys and that can be a difficult transition for a kid whose been #1 on every team he's ever played on since he was six.


Re: Hockey east over the years versus present

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There are over 50 Mass players alone in HE, so development isn't really at the crux of why BU & BC have fallen off. To the OP's question, BU & BC seem to be recruiting all-stars vs teams. They were getting the most skilled players but you still need 3rd & 4th line guys and that can be a difficult transition for a kid whose been #1 on every team he's ever played on since he was six.


Bingo!