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Is it still important for players to play in front of the biggest crowd most will ever see. Or does the current HS prefer to play full season U16/U18
Depends on the kid.
And the coach. If he's really into hockey then he will want to play for a reputable FS team
It's true. If the kid has dreams of playing post high school the sad part is they pretty much need to move on to a full season team by their junior year of high school. If you don't beleive it then go and watch a D-I high school or prep game. Everyone has left and the change happened just a few short years ago. It's all very much like the mass exodus from Town Hockey in the mid 2000's.
To think any kid that is 3rd line at a Catholic or 4th line Prep is going make a T1EHL team is plain silly. Zero chance. A U16 T1EHL team would dismantle every D-1 high school team in the state and half of the prep teams.
Sometimes the "...kids that couldn't make CC and Prep Varsity..." is due to their size and they are better off playing against U-16 than P.G. 19 & 20 year olds and 19 year old 'stay back a year for academic reason" kids in the C.C.
Like most things in life it becomes a self regulating issue. Those schools will see the numbers decline and those who get screwed will move to FS teams if hockey is important to them. It happened in Town Hockey when the daddy coaches stacked the A team with friends and family, it happens at high schools where the coaches can see talent and they shaft kids and they leave for Jr.s and it will happen at preps where they over book incoming kids.
Couldn't be more wrong. BC High lost 3 of their top players to private schools last summer.
My kid hates his HS coach so opts to play T1EHL....he is the 2nd best player in his grade....if they want a different path, and love to play, let them. Just don't berate people who make different choices than you.
This is true -
"I can tell you that the NTDP folks (I assume that's who you meant by 'USTD') and USHL folks disagree with you. They are focusing far more on the T1EHL kids than Prep kids. The numbers bear it out. Catholic team kids and MIAA kids aren't even in the conversation any more."
The problem is the guy who is trying to hate on full season teams is talking about the second rate full season teams (EHF clubs that are merely providing a place for kids to play that happen to go to public schools that have a long history of terrible hockey) and not T1EHL which he obviously knows nothing about. Two very different discussions.
BA U18 was ranked top 30 in the nation last year, and about 7th in the T1EHL. They were a very strong team, and will only get better if this trend towards FS continues. To say they were bad would not be true.
The real question is how many D-1 recruits do the T1EHL teams have and how many are coming out of the C.C. schools and other top D-1 programs???
That's because the T1 is a very good league. I don't want to get into a huge argument here, just wanted to get the facts right. The Advantage were a very good team last year, and would have beat basically every MIAA team, and probably have habe held there own against prep teams. My son does not play for the team, I just know the organization very well. Let me ask you this, have you ever watched a T1EHL game? If not you have no idea what you're talking about. It's an extremely high level of hockey, and a lot of people have no idea how high it is.
Ohhhh say like P.G. 19 & 20 year olds? Yeah a 15 - 16 year old might be a bit intimidated. Skill wise they would have no problem with a prep team.
Another thing people who point to the U-18 T1 teams and what they don't know is the U-16 teams actually have superior talent in general because later on they move to the Midwest....and by 'Midwest' that means the USHL so there is actually a bit of fall off at U-18.
O.M.G. Will you two STFU!
I love the fact that people are buying it that this is a kid
"So in closing, every top team in New England knows what this bozo board is and we read it often..."
Bozo Board? Get serious! But thanks for reading.
Too funny... Definitely an adult. "critic", "So, in closing..."