I wrote this and I agree with you.Sad truth is if your truly about your kid having fun why not just play for your local town hockey program??
Town hockey isn’t even a guaranteed lead to the high school varsity team anymore. Town hockey just leads to more town hockey.
Nail on the head. Yes our local high school has a pretty good D-1 team, one of the better in Mass. Rarely does a town hockey kid ever make the team - unless he's liked by the guys, has some connection to the coaching staff or his older brother once played on the team. And certainly they never see the ice or even dress unless half the team is sick or injured. Other than that it is 100% kids who learned the game elsewhere. Sad? Yeah maybe, but this is happening in a lot of sports and not just hockey.
Read this article as an example of what I said in my last post:
Read this article if you want to know why OUR development model sucks and we've ruined the sport here:
Hockey is not for most people due to cost & time. In other news water is wet.
Call me crazy but when people ask me this very question. My response is always the same. My son has a passion for hockey and absolutely loves being on the ice. He loves it no matter what, practice, skills, open skate or games. As he has gotten older he now loves the competition of the sport as well. He has a desire to play in HS (public or private) whatever his skill level allow. As a 12 year old boy he dreams of college and nhl but realistically he knows it is a long shot at best. I call it an investment in his happiness; friendships; and a life time of memories.
By the way, he is not on an elite level team but it is not because he did not make it. He chooses to stay with his team that he has played many seasons with. He has awesome coaching who work hard to develop all the kids. I supplement the lower level (T1) of play with skills.
We all need to keep it in perspective.