Kings challenge is the same as all the other teams within 25 mins (Bandits/Terriers/Breakers/Caps). Only so much top notch talent in the area....kids are spread out. Some years Kings are fine (2008) others they aren't because Bandits or Terriers are better....parents aren't chasing the Kings brand name...they want their kids to be in a convenient location and with a good coach. Not that complicated.
Kings don’t have a good brand name anymore
Perception: Brand is strong
Reality: SSK below many of the teams you reference particularly at Mite through Pee Wee level
Stop living in the past buddy. SSK is the new bandits. One real elite team, every other team gets killed. All second level teams in the white division. Not sure how you don’t see it that way.
I agree. Facilities matter and these are the 2 best around. Kings local comp are Express and Boch. Both non-starters. Corrupt owners and terrible hockey.
Sad that rinks come before development... sad state of affairs for youth hockey.
Walpole and Boch ? they could have free open bar for every parent and free tuition. Still not an option.
Foxboro nice but zero development taking place there. Used to be. Not anymore, which is why we left. Longer drive but better coaching. I do miss the warm upstairs though!
BA. Once mommy and daddy get over themselves and the mighty EHF, they go there. Look at older levels.
Objectivity on this board? Crazy talk.
Kings rebound with the right owner. Sadly, that goes for pretty much all other EHF organizations except mid Fairfield and Eagles.
My kid plays for the kings. Great coaches and families. finish at 500 for the year last few years. Can't ask for more.
I think the original point of the post is that the Kingdom as some refer to it has fallen with the elite teams being bottom of the barrel and no real talent pushing up from below as all the 2nd level teams being in the white division. So, when a program trends in the wrong direction, it’s clear development is taking place.
You are correct though. Play where you are happy and more importantly where the kid is having fun. Every organization has the “in crowd“ because of parent relationships. We all partake in that to solidify spots. Unfortunately it’s how it works around here now.
Just don’t confuse convenience, fun and development. The real metric for development, especially with the watering down of youth hockey today is wins and progression to higher level teams per player. Foxboro a good facility, just not a place where player development is taking place. With the segmentation of the EHF (top 4 good, rest bad so easy to win or lose) programs who do their job dominate. With SSK, their elite teams not what they were, lots of turnover and losses. All else White. Tough to argue they provide real hockey value.
That was funny
Two kinds of posters on this subject...
(1) A Magenta "tier 1" youth hockey parent whose son was obviously cut by the Kings.
(2) A couple of parents whose sons are chasing a dream in low-end juniors. They are arguing about who is the tallest midget in the room. They also clearly can't read that this is a youth hockey forum.
I am heading back to the beach.
Enjoy the beach on this cloudy rainy day!
Put this to bed folks. Kings stink, bottom line, youth to Midget to Juniors. 2 good teams. Now his kids are done, time for RT to cash his chips in and sell to someone who cares.