The Official New England Ice Hockey DBoard
Click Here to Visit Our Facebook Page
This is spot on, skating is the skill that matters most, you see so many benders who can shoot or dangle but are sloppy skaters, those are the kids that get exposed when they try to move up.
If your kid is competitive and is athletic and you provide tons of quality private skating instruction he will be able to make an elite team going into high school. But at that point why would it matter, by then your looking at prep or juniors in the future. And they sure as heck don't care where your bender played.
You can teach skating very difficult to teach hockey IQ. If he has the IQ move him up
Play for the coach not the level. Though being in the same boat I’d rather see my kid score 15 goals a season rather than 40. If you have a chance to play at a higher level especially if coaches are calling then you should.
Yes, Dave it’s time to move my kid up.