You sir have a lot of nerve. We pay nearly $4,000 a year for the right to call our kids elite. How dare you...
I think TG is hurt by having other, more reputable, programs nearby, so their numbers suffer. And NEF suffers from being out west where there are fewer people...and they play in a tough league. Rifles seem to compete fine in the E9, I bet most Falcons teams would too.
Top Gun was one of the model NE programs back in the MBHL days. An earlier derevation of the Falcons, the Pics (Olympics before the USOC objected) were also stronger back in the day.
I think Top Gun suffers from poor management. The Icenter is being allowed to go to s#it, too.
I don't think it's a matter of fewer people in WMA, because there are far fewer teams, too. Hockey's expensive, the Hartford/Springfield corridor is heavily dependent on financial services, especially insurance, and WMA was harder hit by the 2008 Recession. The tornado didn't help, either - it destroyed Cathedral HS, which USED to be a real power in MA HS hockey. Maybe it will be again as Pope Francis HS.
I know at one time, the Falcons had teams 94-98's that were all pretty competitive. But with the amount of programs that call themselves "elite" or "AAA" throught New England, all you need are 2-3 very good players to have a competitive team.
Remember, people, college coach's don't care where your kid played youth hockey.
Top Gun 06 team would beat BA 06 team hands down.
They are in the EHF so they are awesome.
And just like that the 04 Falcons going to the Q and the 03's win their first game.
And both Falcons mite teams are in the top3 so maybe it goes in waves