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Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s



What's the deal with Boston Advantage players not committing? Do they tell them to stay open to new opportunities and wait, or what?


Midget hockey in New England offers an alternative to prospects and their families who don’t want to play high school or prep school hockey. The following is a ranking of the top 15 uncommitted 2002-born midget hockey players from New England:

1. Mackie Samoskevich
Shattuck St. Mary’s 16U/Newtown, Conn., 11/15/02, Forward, Right Shot

Samoskevich doesn’t have an elite skill set, but he plays with pace and has above average hands and feet. He’s always moving his feet and his vision is underrated. He can make plays even in small areas and gets to pucks quickly. His sister Maddie is committed to playing college hockey for the women’s program at Quinnipiac.

2. Timmy Lovell, Jr.
Boston Advantage 15U/Kingston, Mass., 2/8/02, Defense, Left Shot

Lovell is extremely small, even for his age, but he’s as silky smooth of a skater as there is. He makes smart decisions with the puck and can sidestep oncoming forecheckers. His father and coach, Tim, played college hockey for the University of Maine for three years before finishing up at UMass Amherst.

3. Ryan Corcoran
Boston Advantage 15U/Duxbury, Mass., 4/4/02, Forward, Left Shot

Corcoran is the best forward on the Boston Advantage. He impressed in a few viewings last summer at the World Selects Invite and Junior Chowder Cup. Corcoran has a good skill set and can finish. He’s fast and gets to pucks and can generate chances by playing inside the circles.

4. Connor Bradford
Boston Advantage 15U/Kingston, Mass., 8/23/02, Goaltender, Catches Left

He’s a very good goalie in a deep crop of Mass. goalies in this age group. He has good size and athleticism. He moves well post-to-post and can make the highlight reel stop while also being fairly quiet in net.

5. Matt MacDonald
Boston Advantage 15U/Weymouth, Mass., 1/1/02, Forward, Right Shot

MacDonald doesn’t have the prettiest stride, but his compete level is off the charts. He’ll get in on the forecheck and he’s heavy on pucks. He likes to throw his weight around and he has a pretty good shot.

6. Ben Steeves
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs/Bedford, N.H., 5/10/02, Forward, Left Shot

Steeves is the younger brother of Notre Dame freshman forward Matt and Dubuque Fighting Saints forward and Fighting Irish recruit Alex. He’s smaller than his two older brothers. He’s quick and a goal scorer, but the one knock on him is he doesn’t play in the defensive zone.

7. Colin Graf
Boston Jr. Bruins 16U/Lincoln, Mass., 9/21/02, Forward, Right Shot

He’s really small, but he’s quick and crafty. He can stickhandle and make plays even in small areas. He makes up for his lack of size with really good vision in the offensive zone. In each of his viewings, he makes a few really nice passes.

8. Tommy Aitken
Selects Academy 15U/Winchester, Mass., 8/30/02, Goaltender, Catches Left

Aitken is a really good student of the position. He’s very sound fundamentally and skates well. He makes some good saves every game you watch him. He has very quick reflexes.

9. Carson Whitman
Boston Jr. Bruins 16U/Holden, Mass., 6/4/02, Forward, Right Shot

Whitman is an extremely smart player who makes the most of his offensive skill set. He can explode and beat defenders wide. He always has his head up and is looking to make the pass. He’s a player who can play all 200 feet as he continues developing.

10. Will Rinaldi
Selects Academy 15U/Lynnfield, Mass., 1/14/02, Forward, Right Shot

Rinaldi had a nice season at South Kent after transferring from MIAA. He’s a good skater who has nice overall offensive instincts. He’s a player who was often overshadowed this year, but he’s someone to keep an eye on over the next few years.

11. Cam Lowe
Boston Jr. Bruins 16U/Lancaster, Mass., 2/28/02, Forward, Right Shot

Lowe has good speed and does a nice job finding seams to exploit opposing defense. He has the ability to make nice plays with the puck on his stick and he can also make the simple, smart decision.

12. Riley Bezeau
South Shore Kings 16U/Mansfield, Mass., 5/4/02, Forward, Right Shot

His vision and passing ability are his strengths. He’s a good fundamentally sound skater and once he gains more lower body strength, his speed should come. He’s not afraid to go digging for pucks and he’ll make good, quick passes out to the slot from below the goal line and in corners. His father is Montreal Canadiens amateur scout Andy Bezeau.

13. Jake Waterman
South Shore Kings 16U/Warwick, R.I., 2/9/02, Forward, Left Shot

Waterman had a really good USA Hockey Select 15 Player Development Camp last summer. He struggled to find the score sheet in USPHL 16U action this winter, but he’s a player to continue watching.


14. Mason Kucenski
Boston Jr. Bruins 16U/Boston, Mass., 4/8/02, Goaltender, Catches Left

He impressed in last summer’s Beantown NAPS and had some good viewings this season with Topher Bevis’ team. He has good size, moves well and has some athleticism.

15. Colin Oppelt
South Shore Kings 16U/Franklin, Mass., 6/21/02, Defense, Left Shot

Oppelt is a simple, stay-at-home defender with a high compete level. He has a good stick and he uses his reach to defend. He’ll retrieve pucks and make smart first passes out of the zone.

@JeffCoxSports






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Re: Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s

JC really doesn't know how to evaluate defenseman does he?

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Not a clue. Only little flashy forwards....and the closest he comes is little flashy defensemen

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Yes. TL won't submit rosters for showcase programs or even put the players names or stats up on the website. He wants to control the recruiting process. He is very good to the families that are on the "inside."

We joined to play good hockey in the best league in the country, and for the exposure that goes along with that. We have a FA to manage the recruiting. Give the U and college scouts the **** rosters.

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Haha, one of my favorite "Coxisms."

In each of his viewings, he makes a few really nice passes.


Meaning, player didn't score, so let's write him up for something even a total bender can do.

Re: Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s

Anon
Haha, one of my favorite "Coxisms."

In each of his viewings, he makes a few really nice passes.


Meaning, player didn't score, so let's write him up for something even a total bender can do.
I can think of a few 02 uncommitted dad's not on this list who are paying big $ for Prep schools who need their belt and shoe laces taken from them now!!!

Re: Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s

anon
Anon
Haha, one of my favorite \"Coxisms.\"

In each of his viewings, he makes a few really nice passes.


Meaning, player didn\'t score, so let\'s write him up for something even a total bender can do.
I can think of a few 02 uncommitted dad's not on this list who are paying big $ for Prep schools who need their belt and shoe laces taken from them now!!!
Happy your kid made the list !!!!! I am sure all your buddies at work know what a great hockey player he is. 02 prep and 02 high school kids were not on the list because the list is only comprised of full season U16 midget teams that had 02’s. Kind of a “best of the rest” list. Sorry to disappoint you.

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Uncommitted doesn't mean they have not received offers. Little TL will play wherever he wants !

Re: Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s

Anon
anon
Anon
Haha, one of my favorite \\\"Coxisms.\\\"

In each of his viewings, he makes a few really nice passes.


Meaning, player didn\\\'t score, so let\\\'s write him up for something even a total bender can do.
I can think of a few 02 uncommitted dad\'s not on this list who are paying big \$ for Prep schools who need their belt and shoe laces taken from them now!!!
Happy your kid made the list !!!!! I am sure all your buddies at work know what a great hockey player he is. 02 prep and 02 high school kids were not on the list because the list is only comprised of full season U16 midget teams that had 02’s. Kind of a “best of the rest” list. Sorry to disappoint you.
Ok, so are you telling us that an uncommitted kid at a Prep School is somehow on a better list of kids that don't have offers?

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"Little TL" is listed as 5'2" and 110 pounds. Frickin' Lil' Tidbit Connor Garland was/is a giant compared to that! "Ahhhh, hello anyone have any connection to just a little HGH???" A couple years worth out of China and the $ return could be enormous.

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Short answer is yes.

Also, as much as I love his game, little TL will not play D1 hockey. Even with size not mattering as much, way to small. My son plays both with and against him. Great player but easy to knock off the puck and shut down. Can be a defensive liability when playing against strong competition. He makes the list because of dad’s influence. Sorry, but that is the reality. Know many scouts that wouldn’t even consider him on any list until he grows.

CG same situation. Very easy to shut down. Great when matched with other top skill players, not much alone. Petrified of contact. He is also considered a “stay clear of” by many because of his crazy old man.

Waterman peaked at Youth Kings when he was surrounded by players who made him look good.

RC has a shot at D1 but needs to test his talents elsewhere. Some of his surrounding cast members are way overrated.

Re: Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s

Let's show a little restraint when talking about a 15 year old's strengths and weaknesses. This isn't the Sports Hub.

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Uh oh, TL didn't like your analysis...

Re: Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s

Sorry I live in this thing we call reality

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Anon
Sorry I live in this thing we call reality
TL Has been offerered several D 1 options already.

Re: Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s

Anon
Short answer is yes.

Also, as much as I love his game, little TL will not play D1 hockey. Even with size not mattering as much, way to small. My son plays both with and against him. Great player but easy to knock off the puck and shut down. Can be a defensive liability when playing against strong competition. He makes the list because of dad’s influence. Sorry, but that is the reality. Know many scouts that wouldn’t even consider him on any list until he grows.

CG same situation. Very easy to shut down. Great when matched with other top skill players, not much alone. Petrified of contact. He is also considered a “stay clear of” by many because of his crazy old man.

Waterman peaked at Youth Kings when he was surrounded by players who made him look good.

RC has a shot at D1 but needs to test his talents elsewhere. Some of his surrounding cast members are way overrated.
You left out the part they are all better than your kid and Capt'n Stats knows where you live

Re: Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s

Anon
Short answer is yes.

Also, as much as I love his game, little TL will not play D1 hockey. Even with size not mattering as much, way to small. My son plays both with and against him. Great player but easy to knock off the puck and shut down. Can be a defensive liability when playing against strong competition. He makes the list because of dad’s influence. Sorry, but that is the reality. Know many scouts that wouldn’t even consider him on any list until he grows.

CG same situation. Very easy to shut down. Great when matched with other top skill players, not much alone. Petrified of contact. He is also considered a “stay clear of” by many because of his crazy old man.

Waterman peaked at Youth Kings when he was surrounded by players who made him look good.

RC has a shot at D1 but needs to test his talents elsewhere. Some of his surrounding cast members are way overrated.
"Great player but easy to knock off the puck and shut down. Can be a defensive liability when playing against strong competition."

So how many Tory Krug's can a team have? :smirk:

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anon
Anon
Short answer is yes.

Also, as much as I love his game, little TL will not play D1 hockey. Even with size not mattering as much, way to small. My son plays both with and against him. Great player but easy to knock off the puck and shut down. Can be a defensive liability when playing against strong competition. He makes the list because of dad’s influence. Sorry, but that is the reality. Know many scouts that wouldn’t even consider him on any list until he grows.

CG same situation. Very easy to shut down. Great when matched with other top skill players, not much alone. Petrified of contact. He is also considered a “stay clear of” by many because of his crazy old man.

Waterman peaked at Youth Kings when he was surrounded by players who made him look good.

RC has a shot at D1 but needs to test his talents elsewhere. Some of his surrounding cast members are way overrated.
"Great player but easy to knock off the puck and shut down. Can be a defensive liability when playing against strong competition."

So how many Tory Krug's can a team have? :smirk:
Torey Krug is 5'9 and 185...small for NHL standards but not TINY for average people.

One thing that isnt noticed enough is playing U15 is a poor choice. Playing against all 02's when other 02's are playing prep against kids that are 98's/99's is apples to oranges. The BA program has a huge pool of players yet a tiny number of commits. Say all you want but thats the pure statistical data.

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anon
anon
Anon
Short answer is yes.

Also, as much as I love his game, little TL will not play D1 hockey. Even with size not mattering as much, way to small. My son plays both with and against him. Great player but easy to knock off the puck and shut down. Can be a defensive liability when playing against strong competition. He makes the list because of dad’s influence. Sorry, but that is the reality. Know many scouts that wouldn’t even consider him on any list until he grows.

CG same situation. Very easy to shut down. Great when matched with other top skill players, not much alone. Petrified of contact. He is also considered a “stay clear of” by many because of his crazy old man.

Waterman peaked at Youth Kings when he was surrounded by players who made him look good.

RC has a shot at D1 but needs to test his talents elsewhere. Some of his surrounding cast members are way overrated.
"Great player but easy to knock off the puck and shut down. Can be a defensive liability when playing against strong competition."

So how many Tory Krug's can a team have? :smirk:
Torey Krug is 5'9 and 185...small for NHL standards but not TINY for average people.

One thing that isnt noticed enough is playing U15 is a poor choice. Playing against all 02's when other 02's are playing prep against kids that are 98's/99's is apples to oranges. The BA program has a huge pool of players yet a tiny number of commits. Say all you want but thats the pure statistical data.
"The BA program has a huge pool of players yet a tiny number of commits." You're joking right? Look at their '96 class alone and posting this just as one of their players just won the Hobey Baker award for best college player. Please stop.

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So instead of playing U15 they should be playing U18?

It is for 2 1/2 months not that big of a deal.....

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anon
anon
anon
Anon
Short answer is yes.

Also, as much as I love his game, little TL will not play D1 hockey. Even with size not mattering as much, way to small. My son plays both with and against him. Great player but easy to knock off the puck and shut down. Can be a defensive liability when playing against strong competition. He makes the list because of dad’s influence. Sorry, but that is the reality. Know many scouts that wouldn’t even consider him on any list until he grows.

CG same situation. Very easy to shut down. Great when matched with other top skill players, not much alone. Petrified of contact. He is also considered a “stay clear of” by many because of his crazy old man.

Waterman peaked at Youth Kings when he was surrounded by players who made him look good.

RC has a shot at D1 but needs to test his talents elsewhere. Some of his surrounding cast members are way overrated.
\"Great player but easy to knock off the puck and shut down. Can be a defensive liability when playing against strong competition.\"

So how many Tory Krug\'s can a team have? :smirk:
Torey Krug is 5\'9 and 185...small for NHL standards but not TINY for average people.

One thing that isnt noticed enough is playing U15 is a poor choice. Playing against all 02\'s when other 02\'s are playing prep against kids that are 98\'s/99\'s is apples to oranges. The BA program has a huge pool of players yet a tiny number of commits. Say all you want but thats the pure statistical data.
"The BA program has a huge pool of players yet a tiny number of commits." You're joking right? Look at their '96 class alone and posting this just as one of their players just won the Hobey Baker award for best college player. Please stop.
LOL...1996 class....you have to look back that far and those kids played on multiple teams! The BA program has been strictly BA (Not called Lovell Hockey) for 8 years and I have how many D1 commits? One?

As I said, look at how many kids in that program and how many commits and its nothing impressive and actually trails most programs.

Re: Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s

Anon
Short answer is yes.

Also, as much as I love his game, little TL will not play D1 hockey. Even with size not mattering as much, way to small. My son plays both with and against him. Great player but easy to knock off the puck and shut down. Can be a defensive liability when playing against strong competition. He makes the list because of dad’s influence. Sorry, but that is the reality. Know many scouts that wouldn’t even consider him on any list until he grows.

CG same situation. Very easy to shut down. Great when matched with other top skill players, not much alone. Petrified of contact. He is also considered a “stay clear of” by many because of his crazy old man.

Waterman peaked at Youth Kings when he was surrounded by players who made him look good.

RC has a shot at D1 but needs to test his talents elsewhere. Some of his surrounding cast members are way overrated.
Thanks for the insight... You seem like the kind of guy that several different scouts would confide in with regard to the projection of a 15 year old kid. Good on you for doing your civic duty and sharing.

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anon
Anon
Haha, one of my favorite \"Coxisms.\"

In each of his viewings, he makes a few really nice passes.


Meaning, player didn\'t score, so let\'s write him up for something even a total bender can do.
I can think of a few 02 uncommitted dad's not on this list who are paying big $ for Prep schools who need their belt and shoe laces taken from them now!!!
This is just a list of the uncommitted MIDGET 02's....or the next tier of kids that dont play prep or CC hockey. Every 02 playing prep would be higher ranked than any kid on the list.

Re: Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s

anon
anon
Anon
Haha, one of my favorite \\"Coxisms.\\"

In each of his viewings, he makes a few really nice passes.


Meaning, player didn\\'t score, so let\\'s write him up for something even a total bender can do.
I can think of a few 02 uncommitted dad's not on this list who are paying big $ for Prep schools who need their belt and shoe laces taken from them now!!!
This is just a list of the uncommitted MIDGET 02's....or the next tier of kids that dont play prep or CC hockey. Every 02 playing prep would be higher ranked than any kid on the list.
Total nonsense dad,

Re: Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s

Anon
anon
anon
Anon
Haha, one of my favorite \\\\\"Coxisms.\\\\\"

In each of his viewings, he makes a few really nice passes.


Meaning, player didn\\\\\'t score, so let\\\\\'s write him up for something even a total bender can do.
I can think of a few 02 uncommitted dad\'s not on this list who are paying big \$ for Prep schools who need their belt and shoe laces taken from them now!!!
This is just a list of the uncommitted MIDGET 02\'s....or the next tier of kids that dont play prep or CC hockey. Every 02 playing prep would be higher ranked than any kid on the list.
Total nonsense dad,
Truth hurts. Levels if your kid is an 02:

Lowest: U15
U16
D3 HS hockey
D2 HS hockey
D1 HS hockey
U18
Catholic Conference
Highest - Prep

Re: Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s

anon
anon
Anon
Haha, one of my favorite \\"Coxisms.\\"

In each of his viewings, he makes a few really nice passes.


Meaning, player didn\\'t score, so let\\'s write him up for something even a total bender can do.
I can think of a few 02 uncommitted dad's not on this list who are paying big $ for Prep schools who need their belt and shoe laces taken from them now!!!
This is just a list of the uncommitted MIDGET 02's....or the next tier of kids that dont play prep or CC hockey. Every 02 playing prep would be higher ranked than any kid on the list.
This is so absurd I'm embarrassed that I even responded to it. You got me buddy.

Re: Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s

anon
anon
anon
Anon
Haha, one of my favorite \\\\\"Coxisms.\\\\\"

In each of his viewings, he makes a few really nice passes.


Meaning, player didn\\\\\'t score, so let\\\\\'s write him up for something even a total bender can do.
I can think of a few 02 uncommitted dad\'s not on this list who are paying big \$ for Prep schools who need their belt and shoe laces taken from them now!!!
This is just a list of the uncommitted MIDGET 02\'s....or the next tier of kids that dont play prep or CC hockey. Every 02 playing prep would be higher ranked than any kid on the list.
This is so absurd I'm embarrassed that I even responded to it. You got me buddy.
Buddy can you comprehend...this isnt a list of TOP UNCOMMITTED 02's...its a list of 02's that played MIDGET hockey.

READ: Midget hockey in New England offers an alternative to prospects and their families who don't want to play high school or prep school hockey. So this is a list of 02s outside of high school or prep not being included....get it?

THIS IS JUST A LIST OF 02's THAT PLAYED FULL SEASON MIDGET ONLY

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Truth hurts. Levels if your kid is an 02:

Lowest:
D3 HS hockey
D2 HS hockey
U15
U16
D1 HS hockey / Catholic Conference
U18
Prep
Tier 1
USHL

Re: Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s

anon
Truth hurts. Levels if your kid is an 02:

Lowest:
D3 HS hockey
D2 HS hockey
U15
U16
D1 HS hockey / Catholic Conference
U18
Prep
Tier 1
USHL
Tier 1 u16 is not better hockey then prep but is a better way to get to USHL or NAHL for sure. Tier 1 U18 is better than u16 and comporable to Prep. However, the better u18 players are mostly in prep or tier 1 and 2.

CC is overall better than D1 and many u18s. Maybe on par with bottom 30 or 40 preps

Re: Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s

Anon
anon
Truth hurts. Levels if your kid is an 02:

Lowest:
D3 HS hockey
D2 HS hockey
U15
U16
D1 HS hockey / Catholic Conference
U18
Prep
Tier 1
USHL
Tier 1 u16 is not better hockey then prep but is a better way to get to USHL or NAHL for sure. Tier 1 U18 is better than u16 and comporable to Prep. However, the better u18 players are mostly in prep or tier 1 and 2.

CC is overall better than D1 and many u18s. Maybe on par with bottom 30 or 40 preps
There are no 02s in the country playing NAHL or USHL so why list them?

Re: Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s

Anon
anon
Truth hurts. Levels if your kid is an 02:

Lowest:
D3 HS hockey
D2 HS hockey
U15
U16
D1 HS hockey / Catholic Conference
U18
Prep
Tier 1
USHL
Tier 1 u16 is not better hockey then prep but is a better way to get to USHL or NAHL for sure. Tier 1 U18 is better than u16 and comporable to Prep. However, the better u18 players are mostly in prep or tier 1 and 2.

CC is overall better than D1 and many u18s. Maybe on par with bottom 30 or 40 preps
There are apprx 390 Division 1 hockey slots open each year if you assume 25% roster turnover among 60 schools

If 50 of these are going to every senior bender in the Eberhart League where are the rest coming from:grinning: ?

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Catholic Conference is D1 h.s. and visa-versa. Low level catholic is maybe in the top 25-30 D-1 as far as rankings. Prep is good because of it's the oldest division listed here. 19-20 year olds playing against 15 year old boys.

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This post is "kind of" accurate. I guess this guy here is just a bit confused of what Tier 1 and Tier 2 is....Tier 1 is the USHL and Tier 2 is NAHL.

Staying clear of the BA banter, although not wrong, TL hasn't really produced as much talent as he says....

Lowest:
D3 HS Hockey
D2 HS Hockey
U15
D1 Public HS Hockey
U16
CC HS Hockey
U18
Top Prep
NAHL
USHL

My kid has played U16 and D1 Public HS and can tell you U16 is a much better option, mainly for ice time and competition, assuming the team is playing teams from the mid-west. The local USPHL competition is really just 2 local teams, Jr. Bruins and Islanders. All others are equivalent to Public HS.



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Not sure why this is turning into the most absurd thread on this site in a long time but. You guys do know that the kids playing in the Tier 1 elite leage are the best of the best and the team is comprised of the top prep and D1 high school players correct ? Take a look at the teams and rosters for the programs in that league !

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Wow !
Not sure why this is turning into the most absurd thread on this site in a long time but. You guys do know that the kids playing in the Tier 1 elite leage are the best of the best and the team is comprised of the top prep and D1 high school players correct ? Take a look at the teams and rosters for the programs in that league !
That isnt true for New England. Tier 1 team (BA) isnt very good and has zero commits. The rest of the country has a different set up whereas the Tier 1 league is excellent. In New England the best hockey is in prep. The best players in prep usually move onto the USHL.

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anon
Wow !
Not sure why this is turning into the most absurd thread on this site in a long time but. You guys do know that the kids playing in the Tier 1 elite leage are the best of the best and the team is comprised of the top prep and D1 high school players correct ? Take a look at the teams and rosters for the programs in that league !
That isnt true for New England. Tier 1 team (BA) isnt very good and has zero commits. The rest of the country has a different set up whereas the Tier 1 league is excellent. In New England the best hockey is in prep. The best players in prep usually move onto the USHL.
Perspective people....for all you people touting the Tier 1 league and BA here are the facts:

BA U18 Program:
9 total seasons and two total players in history who have played meaningful minutes in D1 programs. Summary 1% of players played D1.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/team.php?team=5758


BA U16 Program:
8 total seasons and 2 total players in history who had verbal commits. None of which have matriculated to D1 as of yet. Summary 1% of players with a verbal commit.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=203361

BA U15 Program:
2002 team been around for 8 seasons and 1 verbal commit. Summary 1% of players with a verbal commit.

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How long have you been around? I can count many more than what you've counted. The unfortunate thing is still it's too early to tell for some of the kids. Many of the kids who played BA before they got their Tier 1 team are playing in college and a few in the NHL.

Re: Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s

anon
How long have you been around? I can count many more than what you've counted. The unfortunate thing is still it's too early to tell for some of the kids. Many of the kids who played BA before they got their Tier 1 team are playing in college and a few in the NHL.
They didnt have full season teams yet until Boston Advantage. It was lovell hockey who primarily did camps and skills.

Pure stats and facts here is that BA puts out about 1% of kids that play D1. Which is probably the same as any other program out there.

Re: Midget Hockey: Top Uncommitted '02s

anon
anon
Wow !
Not sure why this is turning into the most absurd thread on this site in a long time but. You guys do know that the kids playing in the Tier 1 elite leage are the best of the best and the team is comprised of the top prep and D1 high school players correct ? Take a look at the teams and rosters for the programs in that league !
That isnt true for New England. Tier 1 team (BA) isnt very good and has zero commits. The rest of the country has a different set up whereas the Tier 1 league is excellent. In New England the best hockey is in prep. The best players in prep usually move onto the USHL.
Perspective people....for all you people touting the Tier 1 league and BA here are the facts:

BA U18 Program:
9 total seasons and two total players in history who have played meaningful minutes in D1 programs. Summary 1% of players played D1.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/team.php?team=5758


BA U16 Program:
8 total seasons and 2 total players in history who had verbal commits. None of which have matriculated to D1 as of yet. Summary 1% of players with a verbal commit.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=203361

BA U15 Program:
2002 team been around for 8 seasons and 1 verbal commit. Summary 1% of players with a verbal commit.
Nothing like linking "facts" that completely contradict your theory. There are about six kids on that one page who have played meaningful D1 minutes.

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Wow !
Not sure why this is turning into the most absurd thread on this site in a long time but. You guys do know that the kids playing in the Tier 1 elite leage are the best of the best and the team is comprised of the top prep and D1 high school players correct ? Take a look at the teams and rosters for the programs in that league !
That isnt true for New England. Tier 1 team (BA) isnt very good and has zero commits. The rest of the country has a different set up whereas the Tier 1 league is excellent. In New England the best hockey is in prep. The best players in prep usually move onto the USHL.
Perspective people....for all you people touting the Tier 1 league and BA here are the facts:

BA U18 Program:
9 total seasons and two total players in history who have played meaningful minutes in D1 programs. Summary 1% of players played D1.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/team.php?team=5758


BA U16 Program:
8 total seasons and 2 total players in history who had verbal commits. None of which have matriculated to D1 as of yet. Summary 1% of players with a verbal commit.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=203361

BA U15 Program:
2002 team been around for 8 seasons and 1 verbal commit. Summary 1% of players with a verbal commit.
Nothing like linking "facts" that completely contradict your theory. There are about six kids on that one page who have played meaningful D1 minutes.
Meaningful minutes = more than a few appearances....like a regular shift. Pure fact is that despite having tons of teams, tons of camps, tons of skills, tons of players - that BA doesnt develop anymore players than any other program out there (probably less).

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Haha, one of my favorite \\\\\\\\\\"Coxisms.\\\\\\\\\\"

In each of his viewings, he makes a few really nice passes.


Meaning, player didn\\\\\\\\\\'t score, so let\\\\\\\\\\'s write him up for something even a total bender can do.
I can think of a few 02 uncommitted dad\\'s not on this list who are paying big \\$ for Prep schools who need their belt and shoe laces taken from them now!!!
This is just a list of the uncommitted MIDGET 02\\'s....or the next tier of kids that dont play prep or CC hockey. Every 02 playing prep would be higher ranked than any kid on the list.
This is so absurd I'm embarrassed that I even responded to it. You got me buddy.
Buddy can you comprehend...this isnt a list of TOP UNCOMMITTED 02's...its a list of 02's that played MIDGET hockey.

READ: Midget hockey in New England offers an alternative to prospects and their families who don't want to play high school or prep school hockey. So this is a list of 02s outside of high school or prep not being included....get it?

THIS IS JUST A LIST OF 02's THAT PLAYED FULL SEASON MIDGET ONLY
Hey a$$holeface, I understand what the list is. I'm talking about this sentence: "Every 02 playing prep would be higher ranked than any kid on the list." Are you willing to defend that statement?

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Haha, one of my favorite \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Coxisms.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"

In each of his viewings, he makes a few really nice passes.


Meaning, player didn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t score, so let\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s write him up for something even a total bender can do.
I can think of a few 02 uncommitted dad\\\\\'s not on this list who are paying big \\\\\$ for Prep schools who need their belt and shoe laces taken from them now!!!
This is just a list of the uncommitted MIDGET 02\\\\\'s....or the next tier of kids that dont play prep or CC hockey. Every 02 playing prep would be higher ranked than any kid on the list.
This is so absurd I\'m embarrassed that I even responded to it. You got me buddy.
Buddy can you comprehend...this isnt a list of TOP UNCOMMITTED 02\'s...its a list of 02\'s that played MIDGET hockey.

READ: Midget hockey in New England offers an alternative to prospects and their families who don\'t want to play high school or prep school hockey. So this is a list of 02s outside of high school or prep not being included....get it?

THIS IS JUST A LIST OF 02\'s THAT PLAYED FULL SEASON MIDGET ONLY
Hey a$$holeface, I understand what the list is. I'm talking about this sentence: "Every 02 playing prep would be higher ranked than any kid on the list." Are you willing to defend that statement?
There are roughly 20 or so 02's that got playing time in prep this season and yes everyone is better than any kid on this list.

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Haha, one of my favorite \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Coxisms.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"

In each of his viewings, he makes a few really nice passes.


Meaning, player didn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t score, so let\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s write him up for something even a total bender can do.
I can think of a few 02 uncommitted dad\\\\\\\\\\\'s not on this list who are paying big \\\\\\\\\\\$ for Prep schools who need their belt and shoe laces taken from them now!!!
This is just a list of the uncommitted MIDGET 02\\\\\\\\\\\'s....or the next tier of kids that dont play prep or CC hockey. Every 02 playing prep would be higher ranked than any kid on the list.
This is so absurd I\\\'m embarrassed that I even responded to it. You got me buddy.
Buddy can you comprehend...this isnt a list of TOP UNCOMMITTED 02\\\'s...its a list of 02\\\'s that played MIDGET hockey.

READ: Midget hockey in New England offers an alternative to prospects and their families who don\\\'t want to play high school or prep school hockey. So this is a list of 02s outside of high school or prep not being included....get it?

THIS IS JUST A LIST OF 02\\\'s THAT PLAYED FULL SEASON MIDGET ONLY
Hey a\$\$holeface, I understand what the list is. I\'m talking about this sentence: \"Every 02 playing prep would be higher ranked than any kid on the list.\" Are you willing to defend that statement?
There are roughly 20 or so 02's that got playing time in prep this season and yes everyone is better than any kid on this list.
Top 15 prep schools that had 02’s play contributing roles in their success (meaning regular playing time contributing meaningful minutes and not just on the roster).
Winchendon (1)
Rivers (2)
MILTON (2)
Cushing (2)
Thayer (3) one committed
St Sebs (4) one committed

Other schools such as St Marks had 3 (made small school playoffs). Groton played an 02 goalie. Avon Old farms has 2 but they are committed.
And yes, I would consider ranking any of these players over the list mentioned above.

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Haha, one of my favorite \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Coxisms.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"

In each of his viewings, he makes a few really nice passes.


Meaning, player didn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t score, so let\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s write him up for something even a total bender can do.
I can think of a few 02 uncommitted dad\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s not on this list who are paying big \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\$ for Prep schools who need their belt and shoe laces taken from them now!!!
This is just a list of the uncommitted MIDGET 02\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s....or the next tier of kids that dont play prep or CC hockey. Every 02 playing prep would be higher ranked than any kid on the list.
This is so absurd I\\\\\\\'m embarrassed that I even responded to it. You got me buddy.
Buddy can you comprehend...this isnt a list of TOP UNCOMMITTED 02\\\\\\\'s...its a list of 02\\\\\\\'s that played MIDGET hockey.

READ: Midget hockey in New England offers an alternative to prospects and their families who don\\\\\\\'t want to play high school or prep school hockey. So this is a list of 02s outside of high school or prep not being included....get it?

THIS IS JUST A LIST OF 02\\\\\\\'s THAT PLAYED FULL SEASON MIDGET ONLY
Hey a\\\$\\\$holeface, I understand what the list is. I\\\'m talking about this sentence: \\\"Every 02 playing prep would be higher ranked than any kid on the list.\\\" Are you willing to defend that statement?
There are roughly 20 or so 02\'s that got playing time in prep this season and yes everyone is better than any kid on this list.
Top 15 prep schools that had 02’s play contributing roles in their success (meaning regular playing time contributing meaningful minutes and not just on the roster).
Winchendon (1)
Rivers (2)
MILTON (2)
Cushing (2)
Thayer (3) one committed
St Sebs (4) one committed

Other schools such as St Marks had 3 (made small school playoffs). Groton played an 02 goalie. Avon Old farms has 2 but they are committed.
And yes, I would consider ranking any of these players over the list mentioned above.
If it makes you feel better to say your kid is better than a kid on this list because he plays at a prep school then good for you.

USA hockey just told you the only two 02's with game is the Seb goalie and the Milton forward so does it really make a difference? Your paying for prep and your going to pay for D3 or get a 1/16 offer from a D1 s'''hole if the kid from Manitoba can't get in

In the end is it worth it if the reward is U Mass Lowell with a degree parking lot management?

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Stop with all the hype of both FS or Prep kids. There are 2 or 3 local kids with the potential to go to the next level. The best one (by far) who is headed to Plymouth Michigan is the smartest one by waiting for the right situation with coach and talent.

1 or 2 FS kids will also have a shot.

In the end it’s the same. Lotta hype.

Dexter is loaded with “commits“. One of them will see ice at D1 hockey level. Others will not even make teams.

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Stop with all the hype of both FS or Prep kids. There are 2 or 3 local kids with the potential to go to the next level. The best one (by far) who is headed to Plymouth Michigan is the smartest one by waiting for the right situation with coach and talent.

1 or 2 FS kids will also have a shot.

In the end it’s the same. Lotta hype.

Dexter is loaded with “commits“. One of them will see ice at D1 hockey level. Others will not even make teams.
I agree that this whole " Commit at 14" has gotten out of hand but I gotta disagree about none of these kids making a D1 team. IMHO many of the current commits will play D1 as will quite a few players not even committed yet.

There were a large handful of Prep players who could have many a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Jr team but decided to finish up school. Nothing wrong with that and certainly not going to prevent them from playing D1 ( in a few cases being drafted by the NHL).

Like the Early Commits, the Hyperbole has equally gotten out of hand as well.

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U15 can be a good option, more opportunities, etc. For example, U15 looking good at Selects. Seven 02 commits (2 from U16 and 5 from U15) and hearing more to come. A lot of commits for a single birth year, more than all but a couple of prep schools from multiple birth years. Next season’s 03 U15 team looking just as strong. 02 commits:

BU
Denver
Quinnipiac
Northeastern (2)
Miami of Ohio
UVM

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U15 can be a good option, more opportunities, etc. For example, U15 looking good at Selects. Seven 02 commits (2 from U16 and 5 from U15) and hearing more to come. A lot of commits for a single birth year, more than all but a couple of prep schools from multiple birth years. Next season’s 03 U15 team looking just as strong. 02 commits:

BU
Denver
Quinnipiac
Northeastern (2)
Miami of Ohio
UVM
Thanks 03 Dad whose son isn't even there yet!

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U15 can be a good option, more opportunities, etc. For example, U15 looking good at Selects. Seven 02 commits (2 from U16 and 5 from U15) and hearing more to come. A lot of commits for a single birth year, more than all but a couple of prep schools from multiple birth years. Next season’s 03 U15 team looking just as strong. 02 commits:

BU
Denver
Quinnipiac
Northeastern (2)
Miami of Ohio
UVM
Thanks 03 Dad whose son isn\'t even there yet!
The mentality of this post — which is typical of a lot of posts on the DBoard — cracks me up. Always trying to expose some sort of angle to undermine credibility even when there is none. No doubt there are those who seek to advance an agenda rather than simply to discuss or inform. Fair play to call them out, but that’s not always the case. Of course, that same mentality would dictate a responsive post along the following lines, “sorry your 03 bender didn’t make the squad.“. That’s just as doucheboardy, so i’ve opted for a different tact.

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If college teams took and played all their “commits” they would have 45 man rosters.

Commit all you want. If your kid doesn’t grow or their game goes sideways due to typical teenage stuff, it means nothing. A bad injury? offer reneged. Get in trouble? Offer reneged.
Bad grades? Offer reneged. And so on...

Most importantly, the uncommitted kid from Milton wants your kid’s spot? Guess what, because he is better, he gets it and guess what? Offer reneged!

These agreements are as loose as my college girlfriend so settle down PR pushers!

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If college teams took and played all their “commits” they would have 45 man rosters.

Commit all you want. If your kid doesn’t grow or their game goes sideways due to typical teenage stuff, it means nothing. A bad injury? offer reneged. Get in trouble? Offer reneged.
Bad grades? Offer reneged. And so on...

Most importantly, the uncommitted kid from Milton wants your kid’s spot? Guess what, because he is better, he gets it and guess what? Offer reneged!

These agreements are as loose as my college girlfriend so settle down PR pushers!

I made the post and generally agree with you, especially the part about your girlfriend. A lot of development does or does not happen between 15 or 16 years old and by the time the kid goes to college.

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Must burn some people’s butt that some local kids headed to SKS next year, especially the mom who’s been saying for two years that her son is headed there...oh wait, he’s not. He’s playing for his crappy HS due to no offers!

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Know a few kids going down there "to play hockey"...one couldn't even crack the line up of a lower end CC school.

Remember...if you have the money to pay to go...they will find a spot for you...they have 4-5 teams.

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SKS has 1 team at u15, 16 and 18. All recruits. Nobody sending their kid there unless recruited for one of those teams.

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SKS has 1 team at u15, 16 and 18. All recruits. Nobody sending their kid there unless recruited for one of those teams.
And at the Preps they call that: Freshman, JV and Varsity...

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SKS has 1 team at u15, 16 and 18. All recruits. Nobody sending their kid there unless recruited for one of those teams.
And at the Preps they call that: Freshman, JV and Varsity...
No they don't. Not in this decade. 15 YOs are promised Varsity roster spots to recruit them, even if there are better upperclassmen. Prep JV is awful. Only a couple of schools have Freshman teams.

U16 might be the rough equivalent of Varsity B at an AOF or Cushing, but is probably better than those teams and pretty equal to most Prep Varsity.

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Please define development for me? I think it’s an overused term but do so enlighten me.

Hockey, like anything else should be a positive experience for each participant. Skill and commitment levels are going to vary. To measure the value of the program is very difficult if you think about it. Most programs at the older levels recruit players for a year then they are off to wherever their going. Can that program really claim they were the reason for the kid’s success?

If a kid started off as a C player and ended up as an A player, well that’s develop. Incremental improvement in the game. If the kid was good enough to play on a full season team over a crappy high school team and went from fourth line to second or first line then that is development.

The biggest problem with this debate is everyone thinks the end goal or success is D1 or the pros. Totally wrong way to look at it. Not enough opportunities and way too many kids. Look at development from progress standpoint relative to the player. A kid who is middle of the pack as a PW or Bantam that is committed and consistently improves and is now one of the better kids on a full season or HS or Prep team with the potential to play D3 college is a huge success story for development. If the kid bounced around from team to team well that kid probably is the reason for his own development. If he stuck with the same team and coach and somebody committed to him to help him improve and keep him focused on the game, well regardless of the outcome I would put credit on that coach.

I may be missing one or two but 93 and 95 Kings, 00 and 01 Flames, 01 and 02 Kings, 02 BA, 02 Breakers, 02 Islanders, and 03 Terriers are the few teams/coaches that have consistently developed their players where most kept pace with developing and gave kids an opportunity to keep playing at a higher than normal level. Hats off to those coaches.

Just remember, if a kid stays loving the game and continues to get better regardless of what his endgame is, that is what matters. Ironically the happiest hockey players are the ones that are at the town or lower select league level.



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You guys have put a lot of thought into analyzing someone who is only a hockey scout because he calls himself one on twitter. JC sucks. He's terrible. Everyone hates him except for the 2 agents who he works for and the 2 or 3 coaches he constantly pumps on twitter (Keefe. Albie you know the drill). Cox is an idiot.

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03 terriers? Really?

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Please define development for me? I think it’s an overused term but do so enlighten me.

Hockey, like anything else should be a positive experience for each participant. Skill and commitment levels are going to vary. To measure the value of the program is very difficult if you think about it. Most programs at the older levels recruit players for a year then they are off to wherever their going. Can that program really claim they were the reason for the kid’s success?

If a kid started off as a C player and ended up as an A player, well that’s develop. Incremental improvement in the game. If the kid was good enough to play on a full season team over a crappy high school team and went from fourth line to second or first line then that is development.

The biggest problem with this debate is everyone thinks the end goal or success is D1 or the pros. Totally wrong way to look at it. Not enough opportunities and way too many kids. Look at development from progress standpoint relative to the player. A kid who is middle of the pack as a PW or Bantam that is committed and consistently improves and is now one of the better kids on a full season or HS or Prep team with the potential to play D3 college is a huge success story for development. If the kid bounced around from team to team well that kid probably is the reason for his own development. If he stuck with the same team and coach and somebody committed to him to help him improve and keep him focused on the game, well regardless of the outcome I would put credit on that coach.

I may be missing one or two but 93 and 95 Kings, 00 and 01 Flames, 01 and 02 Kings, 02 BA, 02 Breakers, 02 Islanders, and 03 Terriers are the few teams/coaches that have consistently developed their players where most kept pace with developing and gave kids an opportunity to keep playing at a higher than normal level. Hats off to those coaches.

Just remember, if a kid stays loving the game and continues to get better regardless of what his endgame is, that is what matters. Ironically the happiest hockey players are the ones that are at the town or lower select league level.



You had me... until your last sentence. Not only is it you just making a broad statement that can never be quantified it is also ridiculous. If your kid loves hockey, I mean actually loves hockey, then they love it.

My son is just as happy on his regular season team as he is playing for a good tourney team as he is playing fora crap tourney team as his is playing pickup hockey as he is playing pond hockey as he is practicing.

The kids who enjoy the game and the process enjoy it. period. Stop justifying lower level hockey by making a ridiculous statement that the kids are happier.

Ask the kids themselves if they are happier, or if they would like to be on a better team.

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Please define development for me? I think it’s an overused term but do so enlighten me.

Hockey, like anything else should be a positive experience for each participant. Skill and commitment levels are going to vary. To measure the value of the program is very difficult if you think about it. Most programs at the older levels recruit players for a year then they are off to wherever their going. Can that program really claim they were the reason for the kid’s success?

If a kid started off as a C player and ended up as an A player, well that’s develop. Incremental improvement in the game. If the kid was good enough to play on a full season team over a crappy high school team and went from fourth line to second or first line then that is development.

The biggest problem with this debate is everyone thinks the end goal or success is D1 or the pros. Totally wrong way to look at it. Not enough opportunities and way too many kids. Look at development from progress standpoint relative to the player. A kid who is middle of the pack as a PW or Bantam that is committed and consistently improves and is now one of the better kids on a full season or HS or Prep team with the potential to play D3 college is a huge success story for development. If the kid bounced around from team to team well that kid probably is the reason for his own development. If he stuck with the same team and coach and somebody committed to him to help him improve and keep him focused on the game, well regardless of the outcome I would put credit on that coach.

I may be missing one or two but 93 and 95 Kings, 00 and 01 Flames, 01 and 02 Kings, 02 BA, 02 Breakers, 02 Islanders, and 03 Terriers are the few teams/coaches that have consistently developed their players where most kept pace with developing and gave kids an opportunity to keep playing at a higher than normal level. Hats off to those coaches.

Just remember, if a kid stays loving the game and continues to get better regardless of what his endgame is, that is what matters. Ironically the happiest hockey players are the ones that are at the town or lower select league level.



You had me... until your last sentence. Not only is it you just making a broad statement that can never be quantified it is also ridiculous. If your kid loves hockey, I mean actually loves hockey, then they love it.

My son is just as happy on his regular season team as he is playing for a good tourney team as he is playing fora crap tourney team as his is playing pickup hockey as he is playing pond hockey as he is practicing.

The kids who enjoy the game and the process enjoy it. period. Stop justifying lower level hockey by making a ridiculous statement that the kids are happier.

Ask the kids themselves if they are happier, or if they would like to be on a better team.
The statement " Ironically the happiest hockey players are the ones that are at the town or lower select league level." is way off base. If your kid is playing town he doesnt love hockey he likes it. The kids that love the game are usually the kids that play more and thus are progressing to higher levels.

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I said it because higher level hockey typically brings more pressure and unrealistic expectations by some parents, not all. Less wackos screaming at their Squirt because his kids team lost to the Flames and was going to knock them down in the standings... I was one of them, not to that extent though. Not justifying lower level hockey. My boy plays at the highest level for his age. He developed more once I really learned my role in the process, which is keep it fun and put him in the best situation he chooses be be in.

My statement was general because I do think the innocence of recreational players does bring more smiles and less tears. Cool uniforms vs making the EHF All-Star team. Your point is noted though. My boy is similar to yours. Enjoys the game regardless.