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MA hockey is like MA politics. Corrupt, inclusive, greedy, and you only advance when you know someone.
There are so many good players that are simply mishandled along the way. If I had a serious youth player and we weren't connected to the MA hockey insiders club I would seriously consider moving. Its a mess.
In Massachusetts the players dont play enough spring and summer hockey. They really need to play in more tournaments and do more skill sessions in April, May, Jun, July, August. Anyone who knows youth hockey knows that the more you play and focus on hockey the better the chances are for NHL looks.
Interestingly, the two big 03 forwards taken (one from MA and one from NH) basically played nearly all of their youth in the e9.
The bill they're all being sold is that prep hockey will get you there. No, top Jr. hockey will get you there which means they all have to put away the Vineyard Vines, the sport jackets and the short pampering schedule of prep hockey and move.
Until more do it, all this youth hockey stuff will be wasted.
sorry if I missed a player in this
MB- SSK 02
NB- Seacoast Spartans until Bantam then to Cyclones
SL- Valley JR Warriors
INTERESTING FACT THOUGH 2 OF THE 3 FATHERS WERE HEAD COACHES OF THE KIDS TEAM AND ONE WAS THE ASSISTANT.
Not a good showing for the FED ELITE
But a very solid showing for daddy coaches
Add in the fact that if you're not one of the original FED teams, you can't even parity your team to earn a spot in the Elite division. Hmmmmm.
You’re right, they would only win a handful of games…. Against the teams that have no business being in the elite division. On another note, will the Fed add another division soon? Maybe Learn to Play? Silver/Gold Lower isn’t that far off from that.
Earning the right to get your ass kicked 35-40 times a season through some parity process doesn't sound like much fun at all. Weird argument. Just go try to make an elite team...problem solved.
Just saying there are a lot of Elite level kids that are also playing in Platinum. Not saying whole teams but with the watered down "elite" division, the fact is that there may be some teams floating out there in Platinum that could be competitive. And maybe those kids aren't making the Elite team because Coaches/Friends kids are taking those spots. I agree that it's watered down but it always will be unless you can find a coach that really builds a team based on talent and not friends and can develop talent and not just poach talent.
History repeats itself. The old MBHL was once very select and the best around, but then got greedy and expanded too much diluting its talent. To fix that, the now Fed owners got together and left the MBHL to form their own league (Fed), killing the MBHL. Problem is the Fed is now more bloated and diluted than the MBHL ever was.
Why is MA hockey so F'd up? Greed. Greed. Greed. Simple.
They needed more useless summer exposure camps and tournaments maybe.