E9 or EHL doesn’t compare to Canadian AAA Hockey. Both leagues continually get beat up by the Canadian teams so you might as well give up altogether, or move. And then there’s the Czech’s, Finns, Russians, Swedes, etc... that are way ahead in developing kids than the US.
It’s all fine balance between the competition you play against (E9 and EHF have some horrible teams to play against), who you play with (only 3 teams in Boston have top to bottom talent), the coach (I’ve only seen 2-3 coaches that are true elite caliber at this age group) and the skills (most are outdated and the owner/player dev guy has lost interest).
The US has, and will always be, about the money. Pay more, you have better ops. If you want to play D1, pay $160k for prepschool first. Play 2-3 sports, pay advisors in each. Maybe you’ll get a scholarship. Parrots the whole lot of you
We are luck if 1 kid from Boston makes the show at each level and you’re all screwed because my benders have those locked up already. Lol