Take the IHC out of the mix and yes they are very similar. IHC will beat all comers in New England. Of course some delusional Fed Tier1 black parent will tell their teams are "legit" and would beat the E9 teams. Seek out the program and coach that works for you. Players jump back and forth between leagues year to year.
Fed by far
If you have to ask this question the E9 is a perfect spot for your child.
The Fed isn't for everyone.
Pretty sure the OP is just messing with everyone. Best part is all the clowns who actually engage in this argument fed right into it!
I agree with a previous poster that the OP is a **** stirrer.
But for those who really want the truth (I've had two boys go through to high school) it really doesn't matter at all.
Both leagues have some of the same upside and downside with coaches, talent, parents, players etc.
The key is if your player is on a team with friends, or just kids he likes and is happy and you can find a decent coach who understands that he's NOT an NHL coach and never will be, and has a good rapport with the kids...then THAT's the team for your player - period.
If he/she is an "all-star" and head and shoulders above the rest, they'll be found.
If not, then just enjoy the team, the game, and be proud that your player likes to play and has fun doing it.
That's the truth. And now you can cue the absolute moron parents on here that will most the inevitable "sorry your kid got cut" comment.....mainly because - THEIR kid probably got cut.
The key is to look at the parent: moron ratio. Most Fed teams are much higher in this category.
doesn't matter what is said on this board. My kid has some great coaches and the entire team has developed throughout the season. Right in the middle at 06 level. But I'm sure if I said the team the slander of the coaches and organization would flood in.
E9 is sort of a "AAA" compared to the Fed - they slap the "E" in the name to market to parents.
Outside of the IHC, the top 3 of each league are interchangeable. Beyond that it's all the same.