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Iwatched one of the U16 games recently. Seems like terrible hockey. Does this league really drop off at the older levels?
Yes. The better players all move on to prep, full season or a handful of good half season teams.
EHF Elite player != 16U Elite player.
E9 is stronger than EHF at u14
Split season hardly matters as most of the better games are in tournaments against full season teams anyway. A lot of kids will hang around EHF in midgets just to have a fun time and get a lot ice time.
Your post is the complete opposite to the truth. 1 practice per week in most EHF orgs. Crappy players and games. Mass Selects or new e9 plus the right tournaments is the only way to go. EHF for older kids is for townies or crappy CC or RI HS players.
Most of the Fall leagues have become watered down just as the winter leagues have. Still plenty of good hockey but definitely watered down.
So Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer leagues are all watered down...Got it! Hockey is bad..OK!