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So the totals are between u17 and u18
9 from MN
3 from MA 0 o n u18? No Hingham no Norwell>
A lot of wasted ink here but the OP's main point remains unaddressed - what are MN/MI doing differently to get better outcomes, assuming the MA youth hockey gene pool isn't materially different/worse.
I have no clue. Have never been to MI or MN. People say MN kids only play town hockey until HS, but I'm not sure why that matters. MA has too many clubs so the talent is thinned out, but on the other hand how is town any better at concentrating the talent? Only other thing I can think of is that MN/MI get colder so maybe they get more outdoor hockey time.
How South Americans play pick up soccer all day long Minnesotans play pick up hockey all day long
We have too much hockey that claims to be elite. We have too many people trying to make a quick buck with their “elite in name only” teams and summer tournaments. By the time you reach high school age, you have your local high school, hockey academies, Catholic conference, prep schools and full season teams as options. All these right now are fighting for air with prep / half season and maybe 2 full season teams remaining the top option - for now. We play with local teams so much, talk about ourselves so much, that a lot of people are unaware how good the Midwest kids are. Once and if our kids make it to juniors (and I mean Tier 1 and 2), you look back and think, there was too much ego and not enough joy and development in NE. Anyone here formerly from MN or MI to add a point? (Consider also that not everyone who commits to D1 actually makes the team, and if they make the team, they may sit a lot).
You should do New England many players play over state lines in the FED.