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Just a little heads up for parents. If your kid is a Tier 1 or Select level player and is having fun, doing good on the ice, has friends on the team, likes his coach and you like the parents please do not think he is and Elite player all of a sudden and have him tryout for 9 different teams. Trust they will find you if they want you. Sometimes the grass is brown on the other side. Enjoy your kids having fun
Also, if your kid is on an "Elite team" that doenst make him elite. A huge percentage of "elite" players play high school hockey as their highest level of hockey and thats great. Take a look at your kids birth year across the entire state and figure the absolute best 2-5 of those kids will play D1. Be reasonable and enjoy the ride.
Great post. I wish people could realize what you are talking about. I have seen it through the years. Good kids on good teams and Dad or Mom has to have them play”up” and they lose their friends and end up on losing teams. Then they hate the sport.
There are some serious miscalculations being made by both hockey and non hockey parents.. and some bad ethics by managers and owners. Good situations are hard to come by in youth hockey. If you happen to be in one be patient, develope and most important have fun.. hockey when played proper is fun.