Oh, I get it Sluggo....I get it. O.K. your kid play prep hockey then I see where you are coming from.
Without beating my chest too much (Wow! a current Keller Div. player!) my older boy had a pretty good high school, junior and current college career so I have no ax to grind or tuition payment to justify. He also played on a couple of the teams you mentioned so yeah I know a bit about it. I also know who coaches the teams and where they tend to find players, relax. You come on here acting like prep hockey is what it was years ago and it's the only place to play and it's clearly not. Kids do not go from prep to D-I college like you claimed; THEY ALMOST ALL GO TO JUNIORS. How do you get to juniors? It doesn't matter and you can get there through publics, catholics, preps and now through the junior teams own programs. Come to grips with it. I know you are spending a boat-load to get your kid a high school education and a couple years of juniors isn't cheap but good luck to you.
Granted Im not there just yet with my boys, if I can get a FA package at a prep and not have to pay tution for hockey how is Prep not the best option? Solid education/life experience and good hockey seems to make sense.
Agree 100% Plus it can get the little bugger out of the house sooner!
Seems like 100% FA package is a rare thing at most schools though - yes?
If so, the real question is, if you have to pay 40-60% tuition (with partial FA package), is it STILL worth making the jump.
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Funny story. First they point out "Randy Hernandez isn't the son of a famous NHLer" to try to show there was no nepotism which USA Hockey has long suffered and then the go to great lengths to point out he's a Florida kid (untapped market), a hispanic kid (untapped race), who had little access to playing on good teams (USA Hockey love$ town hockey growth).
So basically the story states "see it wasn't the troubling nepotism of loading-up with legacy kids that has plagued USA Hockey (and most of hockey in general) in the past rather it was a self serving political pick which we need more of for the sport of hockey to grow (read: membership due$) the sport in the U.S."
Good luck to the kid and good luck to USA Hockey's PR efforts.