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The kids playing in the Q are 11-12 yo and the ones is the Brick are 9-10, those are not benchmarks on who is "going to make it". Using that as a baseline is ridiculous.
Take a deep breath and worry about something else.
I think its crazy to think only 5 01's in MA are good enough to compete with these kids? Maybe these were the 5 who were chosen, but their are plenty of qualified 01's in MA who can compete at a very high level.
I am all for not giving every kid a trophy, there is already too much of that, but you cant honestly think that only 5 01's in the state of MA are capable of competing at that level.
To many teams calling themselves elite. Look around most teams have 2 maybe 3 truly elite kids. Then a bunch of kids that range from good to average. Watered down across the board until some spring tournaments where a bunch the elite kids come together and compete in some high end tourneys up in Toronto and such.
Another moron who leaves facts out of his argument to make his point. If you read the article that you pasted to your post you would have known Massachusetts was 2nd it putting 5 kids in the NTDP camp. Next time don't let facts get in the way of your argument.
NOTES: The 46 players on the 2017 National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp roster represent 19 different states. New York leads the way with nine natives on the roster, while Minnesota and Massachusetts are tied for second with five. California, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas boast three players each.
What about us CT folk?
At the risk of being called a loser because I looked this up:
MA and NY had about the same number of youth players in 2015-16. MI was right there too, but MN was higher by about 15 percent. I will now head over to the Minnesota hockey dboard and ask them what is wrong with their system that they can't produce NTDP-caliber players.
BTW NJ and CA are not even tabulated, but presented as part of "Atlantic" and "Pacific". Atlantic as a whole has about 70 percent of the players that Mass has, and Pacific as a whole is about the same as Mass. Those two regions seem to be fertile ground. As hockey continues to expand into these regions, it'll be harder and harder for Mass boys to make an impact on the National Team.
So while the number of MA players reaching this rarefied level has certainly gone down, perhaps it has more to do with the growth of hockey into more of a national (instead of regional) game than it does our region falling behind. Not good for MA players, but it certainly has done wonders for the US in our competition with Canada.
Who was on the selection committee? Was there a reason for NY being about double the statistical representation?
You do realize that some other kids were invited and turned it down about a month ago, right? Or was that not in your article?
Two kids from Millis MA, that both committed to same school ? Hmmmm, weird that of all the 2001's across the country and state two come from a town with 7k people ?
In any event, people need to understand that lots of really good kids who could make the program do not even pursue that route.
And where did these Mass kids play their youth hockey, that is the important question !!