This is helpful color. Do the kids at boarding school get to take advantage of the ice at the school in the offseason for extra training or are they doing other fall & spring sports? The prep school season is very short - no? It would seem that it would be hard to develop as a player given the short season when those not at prep school are skating a few times per week at least from august - march and then very likely through the spring and early summer on those teams.
Again, it depends on the school. Some places put ice down pretty much right away (or have it up year-round); other places don't put it down until mid-October. Generally the kids at prep focused on hockey play games for a split-season team on weekends in the fall while training and skating during the week at their schools. The prep season starts around Thanksgiving and goes until February or early March, depending on who makes the tournaments at the end of the year. The better teams get around 30 prep games; less good teams play around twenty. After the season, even the top kids at the top prep hockey schools play a spring sport just to get a break from the game. Then they get back to training and skating over the summer.
My sons school puts ice up end of October. Until then the boys are skating outside the school and are focusing on fall sports.
It depends. Not surprisingly, some of the top hockey prep programs like Salisbury, AOF, KUA, and Cushing have highly respected coaches who have been coaching for decades, many in the college and professional ranks as well as prep. They know how to identify talent, recruit, and develop players and teams that win year in and year out. They also have broad networks to find players, and then help move players on. But because of their success and track records, good players often find them first and reach out.
I wouldn’t put PP in the same category as the others. Guy gets canned everywhere he goes, Cushing is at a crossroads
PP could have took a asst. coaching job in college , chose Cushing , looking to bring that program back