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There used to be HS powerhouses for hockey and now they’ve all but died out... makes no sense. But somehow, they got us to buy into this club/prep scam and we are -hook, line and sinker.
on the flip side there are kids like mine who could actually benefit My kid is a solid player but I don't think college hockey is in his future. With the top players making the jump to prep/clubs instead of our local school he actually has a better chance to play varsity.
People say high school is "dead" but in my town we have 25 on varsity, 25 on JV and the rink is still packed during games. It's just different kids.
This argument is about 30 years late. When I was a kid, you had to go prep to get noticed. Nowadays, prep, private, public, it doesn't matter. Unless you're one of the 6 best kids in the state, you're going to have to go play two years of junior hockey just to play Division 3.
Here's a look at the numbers provided by Neutral Zone.net, as of 2016..
70% of Division 1 college freshmen were 20-22 years old (about half are 21/22 and half are 20/21)
92% of Division 3 college freshemen are 20-22 years old (72% are 21/22 and 20% are 20/21)
Where do they come from?
D1 - 97% come from Jr hockey. 37% from USHL. 16% from BCHL (Canadian Jr A), and 6% from our local USPHL.
Only 1.4% come from Prep School.
D3 - 91% come from Jr hockey. 31% from our local EHL Premier. 13% from local USPHL. 12% from NAHL. 11% from NA3. 10% from EHL 2nd division.
About 7% came from Prep School.
Wow. I knew it was bad but didn't realize it was that bad, especially the D3 numbers. Just a completely broken system. How did it go so far off the rails from other sports? More importantly, can it be fixed?
To poster who only has to pay $14K per year ($56K for 4 years), please spare us from your financial analysis trying to tell us how smart your decision is. Good for you with your financial aid - end of story.
Right.....:sleeping: :sleeping: :sleeping: :zzz: :zzz:
My son is 14, will be repeating 9th grade at Prep next year, playing hockey and in the IT program which incorporates Computer Science with Engineering and Robotics. We will be paying close to 14K per year for 4 years, 56K total for a jump start that is invaluable to adulthood. The other option was to stay in public school for 3 more years and pay another 11K per year for travel hockey. The investment seems worth it, no?
What are the stats on after college careers? Engineering/Computer Science vs the obligatory Business Degree? Keep it in perspective people.
With the rink open the day school starts, strength program assigned, 6 days a week on ice during the season, plus an assigned summer strength program I'd say it will be up to him if he develops or not.