1. IHC-East- 3rd place team in Black Division last season... Just got better with skilled 'Elite Division' additions.
2. MMFs- Good news: 3 wins in parity. Bad news: All 3 wins came against 2017 white teams. Their loss was against the 7th place Black team (Jr. Eagles)
3. Top Gun- Benefited from the softest parity schedule. That said, they have 2 legit players and a cast of hardworking role players.
4. Jr. Eagles- Soft parity schedule as well. Very good passing team with speedy skill players.
5. Manchester- As expected, they qualified for black. Didn't impress, didn't disappoint.
6. Providence HC- Nice additions, merging clubs was the best thing this organization did. Played better than their finish.
7. Breakers- Did the bare minimum to qualify. Will probably perform better in-season than parity.
8. Terriers W- Played over their head all weekend. Scrappy skaters who will most likely struggle in season.
9. Shamrocks- Needed a W in their final game to qualify, but could only manage a tie. Missed black because of TB%
10. IHC-West- Completely laid an egg. Scrappy bunch that was short players at times. Team was thoroughly out coached.
11. Monarchs- Outplayed in only 1 game, competitive in the other 3. Will make white and take another crack at Black next season.
12. Boston Jr Huskies- Surprisingly skilled team who had the unfortunate luck of the toughest draw.
13. Terriers R- Competitive in all parity games, simply on the short end of the stick too many times. Will make white and play well.
14. SS Kings- Also the victim of a tough draw. Competitive losses this time, but will play well in white and regroup in 2019.
15. Northern Cyclones- First 3 losses had everyone wondering why they even participated in black parity. Only to turn around and almost upset the Jr. Eagles in their finale.
All the speculation on who had the harder road to drive down is useless. Once the games start in September, the cream will rise to the top.
...and you’re a troll on this thread. What’s that say about you buddy. Move it along Silver Dad.
Agreed on Terriers white...played over their heads. Shamrocks would've been better competition over the course on an entire season.
Looks like PHC benefited from the merge at all levels, not just 06, with them making it in to black at all levels but one.Curious to see if it helps at the elite level.The system EHF uses is by no means perfect, personally I think parity should be held in late august but in the end teams have to work within the system that has been set up and that means winning games.I know people are going to come on here and talk about last season and how teams deserve to be in black cuz of how they performed last season but last season doesn't matter unless you won the championship cuz then you get the automatic bid.Congrats to those that made it in to black.For those who didn't, good luck in the white parity.
It's human nature, no one takes a two win team seriously.
I'm not surprised by the Islanders East and Terriers White. We handled (tied and beat) both teams during regular season but you could tell they were only a couple players away. I still can't figure out why the white team only won one or two games but at this age one or two kids can make a difference.
Pretty accurate. Looks like some of those white teams are starting to level off with black. Having had a kid playing in black and watching quite a few games I'd say on any given day, any of those teams (with the exception of the cyclones) could compete in the same division. Some surprising results for sure. Anyone with older kids is well aware of this, the playing field starts to level off, late bloomers are emerging, the ones that don't have it are dropping off. The Q takes the better kids to certain Elite teams and if your Elite team isn't one of those teams, that team is probably more comparable to tier 1. And the Tier 1 teams that obtain those players cut from elite may seems significantly improved.
In the end, team results really mean very little. Yes, this is a team sport but it's about how your kid develops. None of these kids are going to stay on the same team forever. And those teams with winning records that allowed kids to carry and shot instead of passing or didn't notice the player who looks like a dog chasing a ball all over the ice will find out when they move on they would be better suited on a team with a coach who taught hockey and worried less about wins.
Now grab your lax sticks and baseball bats and take a break from hockey!
Get a life .... honestly . The fact you look that deeply into it is ridiculous . 3 questions , did your kid have fun, did he learn anything , did he make friends? That’s all that matters you bunch of REs.... ask any kid about why he plays , the answer is to have fun and he likes his teammates . You pathetic idiots take it to far
The only question I have is did junior get cut because he's a bender or because dad is a psycho?Id certainly have to assume both.
Another inaccurate statement . You don’t have 1 question you have a lot . Starting with why did your father likes to grope you after a night at a bar all the way to today when you try to figure out why kids play hockey and rate them . My kids on the breakers , nothing special , not elite so come up with a new line . That’s the dboard typical comeback .. the cut kid verse ... loser
OK, so I can say that of the few teams I'm up on (which would be my kids team and a few of his friends), you are probably spot on. But how can one grown adult know so much about who went where and which teams are stronger and weaker and how the results went? This is the problem with all youth sports but seems to be worse in hockey. Too much parental involvement and concern about everyone else. We have a parent on another thread keeping track of every comment he thinks another parent has said about his kids team (get thicker skin dude, everyone complains...except your kids who are just having fun playing until the car ride home when they have to listen to your critique of their play), parents that know every team's movements, gains or losses (you really need to get a life.) For the love of god, just let your kids play hockey, take a deep breath and a step back and your kid will thank you.
TG benefited from softest schedule? I guess you don’t get the concept of pool play? To review- this means MMF and BJE had the same “soft schedule “
That's right, BJE, MMF, and TG had a soft pool (Bracket A). They did not have to play Isles East, Manchester Flames, BSB, or the Shamrocks, all of whom had significantly better records the only 2017 Tier 1 Black team in the pool (BJE - who finished in seventh place in 2017). The other two pools each included two teams that finished in the top 6 of Tier 1 Black for 2017. Overall, Bracket B had 4 teams from 2017 Tier 1 Black and Bracket C had 3 teams from 2017 Tier 1 Black. There was obviously a flaw in the My Hockey Rankings with regard to how Tier 1 White teams got rated. I'm not from the Shamrocks, but they definitely got robbed! I could see maybe if they threw up on themselves in parity someone could say they suddenly got weak, but no one in their bracket beat them.
Brackets A+C had a silver division team also.
If anything, the Boston Jr Huskies got the biggest shaft having to play 4 black teams. If they were in brackets A or C they would’ve been in the mix for the final two qualifying spots.
Definitely better than their record indicated.
The Huskies got beat very candidly by three of the teams that played in parity, and only had eight wins and a whopping 23 losses in the Tier 1 white division this season. So while the dividing line between Black and White divisions is arbitrary and perhaps 12 instead of 10 teams could reasonably could hold their own in Tier 1 Black, the Huskies have not, in any way, proven themselves to be near that line.
Wrong. Outside of Top Gun every White team would've been dominated in the black division last season. The Huskies that were at parity werent same old Huskies. They recruited 6 or so Terrier kids onto that team, and they werent dominated by any stretch. Providence is another example, they were awful and it took merging 3 programs to get them to play competitive hockey in black. MMF was the second place white team and they couldnt even beat 7th place BJE. Its clear theres a difference between two divisions.
Parity is a small sample size and I think as parents we can all agree they have bad days on the ice. Four teams from White are now in Black if you count the Eagles from the previous season. Next season all of these questions will be answered and we will see just how much of a gap their is between the divisions. If the White teams fair well, it will be comical to hear all of the excuses...