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The AYHL is superior to the EHF overall. The almighty myhockeyrankings will show that. There's good, bad and middle of the road teams in both. The older the kids get, the more top heavy the EHF is once the best teams finish poaching the last of the good players from the mediocre teams nearby. This happens to a lesser extent in the AYHL making it more competitive overall. AYHL teams are more spread out geographically, so there's less competition for players and they are drawing from a larger area. With that said, the teams at the top of each league vary by age group. The best 05 team may be in the EHF but there won't be much separation with the best AYHL team or vice versa. It's the middle to the bottom teams that make the AYHL more competitive overall.
AYHL has too many teams and is watered down. EHF is a smaller league and has been able to maintain a higher quality overall.
The entire Atlantic District has 36k registered players. Mass has 49k according to USAH.
49k registered players in Mass, 7 EHF programs. 19k registered players in NJ, 7 AYHL programs.
B teams dont count