A recent NCDC summer tournament drew 30 teams. 30 teams of players all being told they are going to contribute in the NCDC. One team didn't even enter. So, the players from these 30 teams are going to comprise maybe 2/3 of the rosters of 12 NCDC teams. Not all of whom will dress.
Which means probably 300 - 400 players that will be scrambling to find teams come next month, or in the later Fall when they aren't playing.
And where will they go?
EHL and USPHL Premier.
So, what happens to the players that are signed up now to EHL and USPHL Premier teams? They go from being told they are top 6 / top 4 to being in the stands in a team hoodie every other game.
And for what? The EHL boasts huge commit numbers. Look at the schools. Schools that any decent student athlete should turn his nose up to. What, exactly, is spending four years at UMass Dartmouth or Rivier University or Anna Maria College going to get you?
I have watched the demise of NE junior hockey over the past several years. It happened fast. Before there was an NCDC, it was common to see kids from the old USPHL Premier move on to good schools.
Not any more. The Iier III to good D-3 progression is dead.
If your kid isn't playing in the USHL, NAHL, BCHL, CCHL, or OJHL, tell him to go to school. It's just not worth it any more.
Sorry your 20 year old bender got cut
Will be interesting to see the level of play in NCDC this year. Seems that the better players were from other leagues or Prep. Will it be strong again this year or will it be back to pre-covid NCDC?
New England junior hockey was always a joke. Before the NCDC and EHL, you had the Eastern Joke Hockey League which was a similar "rip off the parents and live the dream" league. The teams there routinely lost to outside competition (prep schools and NAHL) before the latter refused to play them anymore. In the rare event one of the players went to a D1 school, they were always healthy scratches and never received any scholarship money.
Thankfully we have the Generals, Nordiques, and Jr. Hat Tricks giving New England REAL junior hockey.
Rare D1? Healthy scratches? Wanna here a joke?
Forget NCDC but the list from the old EJHL to play in the NHL is a long one. Look it up.
NAHL is a good league no doubt.
It is not the promised land.
Plenty of NAHLplayers scrambling and will be truly lucky to land on D3 rosters.
It was bad and getting worse the COVID hit.
The next 3 yrs will be brutal with trickledown from high end D1 to lower end D3.
Truly relieved son is on the inside looking out.
people have to realize that d3 now is like d1 was 25 years ago.
hmmmm not 100% sure there, besides the top 5-10 schools in D3, many of the players were just average jr players. Its evident in the D1 players who transfer, and then absolutely light up D3. Sometimes d3 talent is just people who can play. ACHA D1 deserves a better look around, that is some serious hidden talent.
USA Hockey, Mass Hockey, and affiliates have ruined Jr hockey in NE. Same as Jr hockey ruined HS hockey. Things change and the old school fails to adapt. No one has sanctioned a true tier 2 Jr league in New England. Which is nuts. This is the hotbed of college hockey. NAHL isn't viable here. There needs to be an east coast equivalent. And it isn't ehl. That crap show can't even manage itself..
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