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My kid didn’t go last year, so I can’t speak to the benefits, but $150 doesn’t seem unreasonable for the amount of ice time and instruction that the kids get. The RI tryouts, however, absolutely were a money grab. Whether your kid made the team or not, Anyone that watched and was being honest would say that there is no way to fairly evaluate that many kids all on the ice at the same time. It was a total clusterf*** out there. I would say that RI Hockey should be ashamed, but they knew what they were doing. There are 0 kids in any of these age groups that stand a chance of progressing with US NTDP, so why not grab the cash.
Get ready for some Instagram posts!
I disagree on the RI tryouts. The elite kids noticeably stood out, and those were the kids who received the invites.
Check your facts. 3 ‘06 PHC elites left off roster.
08 Saints showed up for 1 tryout. Several on team. Great opportunity, but tap the breaks before saying R.I. s best. And yes I will be going w the 07 team.
RI Hockey is in cahoots w RI private Hockey organizations , it’s in their best interests to have as many orgs represented as possible. That’s the reality. Unfortunately word of mouth would get you a better team than this did. Better yet, a couple live barn games would be better. Or a letter from the coaches in addition to a tryout. Remember, Wes Walker, Julien Edelman, and Tom Brady all sucked at the combine. However RG3 and Ryan Leaf and Antonio Brown were standouts. I’ll have a good time there yes, but I know of a few that won’t be and my son is no where near as good as them. It’s kind of embarrassing, but fk it.
Who actually cares? Is it political, Yes! It's hockey, and RI hockey to boot. Look at the history of past players who made it from RI, and where they are now. All end up done after 4 years of HS just like all these kids will. But, it is funny watching all the Dads up there who think their kids are going somewhere because they are Elite. Using the Saints 08, they are in BHL American.. Elite players, I think not. Enjoy the ride, it will be over soon. Kids are lucky the state is small because none would have made the team in Mass. Not being rude, just stating facts
Good couple of posts. I don’t typically feel bad for coaches but wait until Fed Elite coaches get all these Tier 1 hacks waiving there invites at the coaches expecting to play elite. All 08 except the elite kids from SSK and PHC, were laughed out of the tryouts. All of a sudden there being showcased. Sounds like the Saints are trying to revive their organization. Look out PHC. Double runners taking over FED elite. For those who don’t know double runners are double blades.
These types of tryouts are inadvertently designed for the selfish brat puck hogs who typically only put in effort at a tryout. Daddy tells them worry about nothing other than getting noticed. Score, score, score Jonny that way their they won’t notice your pee brain. It will catch up to them.
Saints wouldnt even crack the top 3 in tier 1 black....couple of decent kids, the rest are state league middle of the road
08 Saints will test the FED waters this weekend with games vs PHC North & Springfield TBirds and possibly PHC South if there is a matchup in the playoff round. We will see if they have the talent to keep up with the Fed teams....stay tuned...
Says the father of a Tier1 silver player!!! Tool bag
Sounds to me you were duped in to thinking we finally had legit RI teams. Classic, pulled the rug right out from underneath you. Save your money and shoot some pucks outside and do a couple laps around the hood on your roller blades. Do you really thing a skills session up in Burlington is the holy grail at this point. Convince yourself it’s a good time with the wife and kids. Because we all just love hanging around in hotels at these tourneys. Dumb Americans. I’m sure your wife and other kids will just love getting dragged to rink at the end of March as the season winds down flowers start blooming and grass gets green. Get up there and enjoy the experience, ahhh the memories. Oh wait USA hockey coaches, I’m wrong get on up there. They are the best at setting up cones and blowing whistles. The reason they’re doing that is because they waisted there life on hockey and can’t get real jobs. Think about. Spend the time at home enjoying other things for a change. You know I’m right. Come on , you gotta do better than “fun family weekend” just admit who want to be part of the crowd and you fear if your not there your kids life has been a failure. I was in that boat once, fell for all the catch phrases “select”, “invite”, “showcase”. Have they sent you the link to the store yet? Those same ladies will be there selling there personalized garbage, cups, shirts, hats step right up. You know I’m right. Just like you know it ist fun family weekend.
Yikes. Horrible penmanship, rough around the edges, but brutally honest.
Never said there wasn’t a better 06 out there, just don’t appreciate a guy who still lives in his mothers basement taking shots at 13 and 14 year old kids!!!
You exhaust me.... I’m sure their are some 2011’s you can tear apart. Have a good night Tool Bag!
Were you able to use your super powers to assess players 6-15 amongst the roughly 40 out there, and how did you know know the numbers each kid had on.....
most of them were politically appointed. All about connections....
Only five kids made the team, hold on, am I on the wrong board. Is this the basketball one. Dammit. I’d rather annoy you all night. It’s so easy.
only 5 skaters and 3 of the goalies were worth anything
Is this the same thing they did for Mass hockey?
It is and has always been a very opaque process.
There's hockey in RI and CT?
Agree with you... although your comment was meant to be funny, RI hockey is a joke! 1-2 top solid players per birth year, period! The $, BS, back stabbing and politics is WAY more than you’ll find in Mass.... must be due to the strong Mafia RI roots because that’s what RI hockey is... a mafia scheme (insert any Godfather quotes here)
The 07 RI list is a joke