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Re: Delusional Hockey Parent self-test part 1

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.

Re: Delusional Hockey Parent self-test part 1

anon
Ok lets look at the statistics
60 Division one college teams in US, again that number might be a little high but lets play with it.
Lets say each school can give 24 scholarships, again I think that number is high, but for the fun of it that gives 1,440.
So if we break that up into 4 years we have 360 scholarships. But the majority of those scholarships go to kids playing in the EHF Elite, so that will leave you with very few. Now colleges give over 1 million academic scholarships a year, that a free ride, people. But then again its kinda hard to live through your kid for academics.


Your numbers are way off. Each school gets 18 scholarships to divide amongst a 22 man roster, excluding military academies (where all students get full rides) and Ivies and some other ECAC schools (that only give need-based aid). Say there's 1,000 total scholarships, at least 25% of those go to foreigners (Canadians, Finns, Swedes) leaving 750 for Americans. Most D-1 schools are in the Midwest and that's where most of their players come from (Univ of Minn is almost all kids from MN, none from MA). You would expect the same to be true in the Northeast, but its not. BU had 10 players from MA last year and BC had 9 but Harvard and Northeastern each had only 6. UMass-Lowell and UMass-Amherst both had only 2 players from MA!! Quinnipiac had 2 and Yale only 1!!

I could go through all 60 teams (UNH-5; UMaine-5; Notre Dame-1; UMichigan-0....)but I'll just guesstimate that across all the schools the average is 2 kids per team from MA, or 120 total kids/30 per year. From just looking at recent history and which local kids have gotten college commits, I would guess that a majority of that 30 did play in the EHF at one time or another, say 15-20, but that's not such an overwhelming number considering all the hoopla around the league. Its still a very small proportion of the EHF's players so thinking your kid's going to get a D-1 just because he plays on an EHF team is delusional, especially if he's not one of the best players on one of the best teams.

Re: Delusional Hockey Parent self-test part 1

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.

Re: Delusional Hockey Parent self-test part 1

anon
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.



Look at the kids getting early commits and you will find many more little D than big D--its true for Forwards too for that matter. D-1 hockey schools are in an arms race and are signing up the early stars in hopes that they grow. The 16 year old who is 6'3" 210 will surely get a look eventually, but those kids don't grow on trees in MA. Probably why we put so few kids in the NHL when we have so many who play.

Re: Delusional Hockey Parent self-test part 1

anon
Ok lets look at the statistics
60 Division one college teams in US, again that number might be a little high but lets play with it.
Lets say each school can give 24 scholarships, again I think that number is high, but for the fun of it that gives 1,440.
So if we break that up into 4 years we have 360 scholarships. But the majority of those scholarships go to kids playing in the EHF Elite, so that will leave you with very few. Now colleges give over 1 million academic scholarships a year, that a free ride, people. But then again its kinda hard to live through your kid for academics.


I just puked in my mouth I was laughing so hard . Perfect topic for you to post on , you sir are delusional .

FYI most scholarships do NOT go to EHF elite players .

Re: Delusional Hockey Parent self-test part 1

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.