There are only two teams in close proximity to northern Mass-based kids in the Fed. IHC and Top Gun. The best and the worst. Players get invited to play for IHC while most others choose to avoid Top Gun. There are plenty of kids in the area that are good enough to play, but only a small handful of lunatics who drive their 9 year old kid over an hour to practice 3x a week to play for any of the other Fed teams. And those are the same people who do all the tournaments. Once they get to peewee then it's time to pay attention to this '07 group.
To the point made about the Northern Mass situation, there has to be something said for loyalty and developing within right? IHC is one of the top programs in the EHF and TopGun is one of the worst. IHC pick pockets the top players from TopGun each year, and cuts their players to make room. No loyalty.
That BA 07 Team may not be better than IHC this year, but come mid-season next year and going forward IHC won't be able to skate on the same ice with them. Same group has been together for 3 years with TL coaching, going to be fun to watch the chest-pounding FED parents figuring out where to jump to next to form a super team before burning out heading into high school.
Problem with the 07 group is this is the first kid for all of you parents. Enjoy the FED league titles now, they aren't going to mean much come prep school tryouts...
Really.... IHC getting their top players from TG and BA will be skating circles around IHC mid-season next year? Board gets funnier every day!!!
More than half of my kids Mite A Town team has moved on to club hockey, and a few more could probably make the transition too. But a few years past that we are now seeing some of those kids make elite teams and some make Tier 1 teams.
Poster is spot on about being in the upper half but not the top at that young age, because now that they are in Pee Wee's its the dad whose kid was the best on that Mite team, saying that he is not the player he once once and does not seem to enjoy it much anymore. While most of the other that were middle of that pack are ecstatic with the kids development.
He is the same player and kid he was, just everyone else has caught up or surpassed him, and the tops kids are now kids that were middle of that pack on that Mite team but you could see the athletic ability.
One of the biggest issues with Mites and first year squirts is the kids that have been playing for three or four years already vs the kid who is playing their first or second year.
Like I said in the thread about the 08's...the best 08's have not even started playing hockey yet !
I've heard BA 07 has a good team but they never seem play the EHF top teams. Is BA 07 entered into any top tourneys this year? Would be good for them to play some good teams.
FED teams ducking BA. Plain and simple.
BA only beat lowly jr warriors 5-2. wizards will easily beat BA. so ahouldnt islanaders play best
Watched the new 07 BB team play and they looked pretty good. Once that team starts to gel and hit mid season form watch out.
At least 6 Future NHL players on that team. Another 5 D1 college kids.
They should not even have to play games
VJW - are you kidding?
BA has to play someone first.
VJW upgrades at goalie and def this season made them a much better team. Played BA close and let one slip against WIZ, will be contender by end of season. Coaches and Org developing a good team.
Can compete with any of the top teams.
I think everybody is missing the RI Saints ranked 11 in the US according to MYHOCKEY RANKING. Just the facts
1 Middlesex Islanders (Elite) 07 AAA 15-0-0 92.73 6.06 86.67
2 St Clair Shores Stars 07 5-2-1 91.61 2.62 88.99
3 Long Island Gulls 07 AAA 12-2-0 91.38 4.85 86.52
4 Minuteman Flames (Elite) 07 AAA 9-2-0 90.80 3.72 87.08
5 Buffalo Jr Sabres 07 AAA 9-2-0 90.70 2.90 87.79
6 Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 07 AAA 5-2-0 90.09 3.57 86.52
7 Boston Advantage (Elite) 07 AAA 8-0-0 89.86 5.12 84.73
8 Dallas Stars Elite 07 AAA 5-2-0 89.81 2.00 87.81
9 Sylvania North Stars 07 A 4-2-0 89.67 2.16 87.50
10 Mercer Chiefs 07 AAA 7-0-1 89.42 4.62 84.80
11 Rhode Island Saints 07 AAA 7-1-0 89.24 4.50 84.74
So that would put them 4th on the list for New England
Going 0-1-2 this weekend will drop them a few spots...
RI Saints were high because of weak E9 schedule, same as BA.
Can't be serious....
VJW improved. Really?
IHC top team, no real competition in NE. Would beat BA, MMF and MFF 10 out of 10 times.
Not much has changed here, according to MHR 07 rankings are similar to OP list. E9 will eventually fall off as their schedule points will continue to drop as they do not play anyone. Sad that BA goes to Chicago as BBB as opposed to BA. Done this way to both fatten wallets and keep BA from getting exposed...
Surprised you waited so long to reply to your own post. Obviously no one cares enough to keep your joke going.
His kid is legit, hopefully he grows and keeps developing as he is one of the best local skaters.
Top 10 New England 07 Teams
3) Boston Advantage
4) Mid Fairfield
5) Boston Junior Terriers
7) Boston Junior Eagles
8) South Shore Kings
9) Assabet Valley Patriots
10) Top Gun
MMF vs IHC this weekend should be interesting but don't think MMF will prevail.
Any other interesting match-ups?
Any Surprises so far this season?
Wizards are top 6 and probably Lovell Knights along with Tier 1 teams Islanders and Ct Jr Rangers in the mix with Patriots, Kings, Top Gun.
Wizards and BA are both frauds, unfortunately neither of them will play anyone this season...wonder why coaches of these '2 top teams' are not traveling or entering touraments??? Keep playing the boston jr rangers, valley jr warriors and seacoast spartans...frauds.
IF Boston Advantage and Islanders Hockey Club are as good as hyped up to be, they should both take care of business and post big wins tomorrow. However, Boston Advantages' win over Wizards is meaningless as both teams are average at best.
SEA only local team out in Detroit this wknd.
Why stop there with the details, they were playing in the lowest division and went 1-2-1.