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its funny to see these parents who have little fast 9 & 10 year olds and walk around the rink like their kid isn't going to quit hockey after hitting and burn out settles in!
Youth hockey is like owning a boat, just don't ever try to make economic sense out of it.
And like the old saying goes; if you have to worry about how much you are spending on hockey (or a boat) you've picked the wrong sport.
Being 'one of best players on one of the best teams' means absolutely nothing depending upon their age.
I've seen kids no one has ever heard of grow into being very good players and I've seen the much touted Peewee players end-up being nothing. This is especially true of defensemen. You have no idea what you have until the kid is 16 or 17 years old. The flashy little 'offensive defensemen' at age 13 will get passed over by the 6'3" 210 'defense first' defensemen when the going gets tough. Look at the old Boston Mission team, not every kid there made it and everyone had them all going to the NHL.
I think you guys missed the sarcasm of "most of the scholarships go to EHF Elite kids." The point he was attempting to make, I think, is that for the parents looking at hockey as an investment, they would have a better return on that investment pursuing academic excellence than hockey. We all know the delusional parents and in my experience, they are a very small minority but some like to think that 95% of parents believe their kids are going somewhere beyond HS with hockey. They are, it's called beer leagues.
I assume that folks starting these types of threads are simply a parent that choose not to let their kid play select/elite hockey for whatever reason and need to justify their decision.