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Re: Early

Anon
"I say, go where your kid is valued, will play, is treated well and his happy."

So much truth to that statement.

For any player still in HS my belief is having control of where you are playing and going to school is very important. IF that means not playing juniors and playing Prep/AAA your senior year, so be it. Juniors will be there next year.

Junior hockey is a business and once you are signed you are a commodity to be scratched, traded, or cut. Understand that this is no longer youth hockey.
That's great advice but when you talk to these guys your kill is so valued and loved and will be treated like a king in an awesome billet house and will be so happy!

Newsflash - there is NOT ONE junior hockey coach in the country that doesn't lie his you know what off to get kids to come play for him. They are the s***miest of the s***. Don't trust ANY of them! My kid played around 200 junior games for a lot of teams and while it was a good experience, he learned to not trust any of these clowns and advocate for himself

Don't trust any of them. If your kid is not happy, ask for a trade / change teams immediately.

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Sons coach said that wouldn’t happen, and coaches don’t lie!

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Son went through 1 year of NCDC, same type thing, only got into 25 games, new kids constantly at practice, coach never said a word to any of them.. son stuck it out and went D3 the next year. JR environment is terrible across that league.

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I could be wrong, but I think some of the Canadian junior leagues are run more like AAA teams - meaning that when you make it at the beginning of they year, it is highly likely that you remain on the team all year. Of course, that does not guarantee playing time ... but at least you won't get cut in December.

In my view, these junior leagues need to create better standards - particularly with younger kids still in school. I think its absolutely horrible - unconscionable, really - to recruit a kid who is still in high school and then cut or sit him. It's one thing if the kid begs the team for a spot. Its another when he is recruited away with happy talk and promises.

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Canadian junior teams are no better run...they are for profit businesses

Re: Early

Junior hockey isa buisness.
The coaches need to win or get fired.
They will do what they feel is best to give their club the highest chance of winning.
There are some really good and honest coaches in junior

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Been there
Junior hockey isa buisness.
The coaches need to win or get fired.
They will do what they feel is best to give their club the highest chance of winning.
There are some really good and honest coaches in junior
Where? Help Please

Re: Early

Anon
Been there
Junior hockey isa buisness.
The coaches need to win or get fired.
They will do what they feel is best to give their club the highest chance of winning.
There are some really good and honest coaches in junior
Where? Help Please
Yes please name a few! Kid played 4 years of juniors and we never found one

Re: Early

Junior hockey is a business. The best kids make teams. Take a look in the mirror before you start down that path. Is your kid good enough or is he /you delusional?

There is zero loyalty in the NAHL. Some in the NCDC. monarchs, BA, Jr Bruins take care of their homegrown talent. The USHL is a different animal. If your kid is committed to a D1 school they’ll get every opportunity in the USHL whether or not they stink,

If your kid is 16, really good, mentally tough, etc. they can play junior hockey. If not, wait. Play u18 or prep (if you have the $). Junior hockey will be there for him when he’s ready.

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True. There is nothing wrong with playing high level midget hockey and not rushing into juniors.

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Negative: Son found out last night that he got cut- sad for a moment.
Positive: Called the school that wanted him over the summer and they still want him, so he's off to college and will play there.
This sport is crazy.

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Kinda hard to jump in mid-semester, isn't it?