this is true. NEPHL at U14 has very competitive teams and U16/U18 has some very good team and players in it as well. Good level of competition. I hate when people just arbitrarily trash leagues and teams and mostly it's hearsay. If you watch a few of the premier games and some of the top elite teams, they are competitive and a good standard of hockey.
My son plays on a u14 premier team. We pounded on Fed Tier 1 teams, easily beat e9 teams, beat 1 Fed elite team and lost to 2 others we played.